My Decision To Give It All Up And See The World!

I’ve never considered myself a risk taker or adventurous but that’s how people are describing me, since I decided to quit my happy little life and see the world.
If you ever get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach on Sunday night as you anticipate yet another stress filled work week ahead… then you’ll know what I’m feeling.

I am turning 50 this year and maybe it’s a ‘midlife crisis’ or maybe i’m realizing that time is running out for me to achieve my goals in life but it’s time for a break.   But it’s not going to be easy.  As stress filled as my job is, it is my dream job… I am doing what I want to do, and what I believe I have been working my entire career towards, and I have never worked for a better company or had a more supportive boss.  This isn’t my entire world though, and as my 23 year long relationship ends, and we sell all of our assets to divide them up… I believe this is the perfect time for me to take a break and see what else is out there.

From the time I was a little boy I always wanted to travel and see the world… (that was always my answer to “what would you do if you won the lottery”) but there was always some excuse for me not to feed my interest.  Something else always seemed more important… a new car, new furniture… whatever the excuse, it’s time to change things. I always encouraged friends and relatives to take the chance and go off on wild travel adventures, but I seldom took my own advice.
I have travelled across most of Canada, numerous times to New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii as well as a trip to Hong Kong in the mid eighties.  But it’s only in the past few years that all the planets have aligned, so to speak… I have the money and the opportunity… and it’s time to make my break.
In August of 2008 I travelled to London, and then Tanzania where I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, went on safari, and then beached in Zanzibar. Less than a year later I took off on a solo trip to Paris.  For two weeks I explored the city with only my camera and my notebook.  It fulfilled all of my passions, for travel and writing.   So much so, that I’m willing to change my life and make some major sacrifices to explore it further.
There is a lot of work ahead…. I want to fix up my condo before putting it up for sale, which is going to be a lot of work.  I also want to set up a website and blog before I go, so I can track my adventures.
I’m hoping to begin before my 50th birthday in November.
I plan to update this blog throughout the planning process and then work toward a daily blog once I begin the journey. Adding photos and videos whenever possible to bring everyone along for the ride.

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One Response to “My Decision To Give It All Up And See The World!”

  1. Nadia Flaim
    November 26 at 8:06 am #

    Love your courage Darren. You are giving us all a lot to think about. Life shouldn’t be lived in a box and even if a trip around the world isn’t in the cards there is always a way to spice things up. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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