One thing I learned over the past two years is that there needs to be more to my life than just travel. I need something to look forward to other than hopping on a plane a few times a year and going somewhere exotic. The last couple years has made me realize how empty and lonely I’ve let my life become.
The sad truth is I spend all week working long hours and I’m exhausted by the time the weekend rolls around. Except for the 3 – 4 weeks a year I travel I live a very boring and solitary life. I have no one to blame other than the person sitting at the keyboard typing this.
Life is short and I need to make the most of everyday, not just the time I spend travelling. I love the adventure of travel, but you don’t need to travel halfway across the world to have an adventure. Yes, it will be different. But different isn’t always a bad thing.
I still plan on getting back to travelling, and soon. I will go back to researching and planning as soon as I finish writing this post. But even if I can’t set foot on an airplane again, for another two years, I need to start making life at home fun and enjoyable. I need to make everyday life my adventure.
I Need A Plan
I’ve come up with numerous plans over the years. Rarely do I see them through to completion. But as I get on in years, I’m starting to realize I’ve wasted a lot of my life and I want to make my remaining time on this rock meaningful. If I was to kick off tomorrow, and people only remembered me for my last two years, I’d be ashamed. Ashamed I have done so little and accomplished nothing.
If a t.v. crew had been documenting my life for the last couple years, it would be the most boring show on air. I need to change my story to an action & adventure, comedy, romance, blockbuster. To do that I need a plan.
So, what does that mean? I’m still figuring that out, but I have some ideas.
1. Start Taking Care Of Myself
Exercise, eating right, less booze, and getting sleep. Yeah, that does sound strange to be at the top of a list to start living life and having adventures but hear me out on this.
This lock down has gotten me back into some very bad habits. I’ve put on 20+ pounds and feel like shit. I don’t get any exercise, I eat mostly crap, and I’ve been drinking a lot more beer. And to add to that, I don’t sleep well and I’m always tired. You can’t enjoy life or have and active and exciting life when you don’t feel good or feel good about yourself.
I realized one of the reasons my travel as a local tourist idea never seems to happen is I’m always tired and some form of hungover on the weekends and I don’t feel like doing anything.
And why is it I can fall asleep on a weeknight and need an alarm to get up in the morning, but on the weekend I always wakeup at sunrise, even if I’ve only had 5 hours of sleep. I need to fix that shit.
2. Make Some Goals
I’ve always been a fan of goal setting to get things done. But I usually forget about them after a month or two and they slip away. At the end of the year I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. Probably because I haven’t.
I need to set some goals that are both growth and fun oriented. And I need to stick with them and check in on them regularly.
3. Do What Makes Me Happy
You have to work, pay the bills, save for retirement. I believe that at least. But other than that, you should only do things that make you happy, or will make you happy in the long run, even if it sucks in the moment. The latter of the two is what I struggle with.
I need to balance what makes me happy now with what will make me happy in the long run. And especially things that I think are making me happy but truly aren’t.
Example. Friday night rolls around, it’s been a tough week at work and all I want to do is sit on the couch, drink a six pack of Heineken and watch Netflix, and maybe play on the computer. I think this is what I want to do to relax. I think this makes me happy. But neither is true. It’s just a way to kill some time and numb out the loneliness.
4. Stop Being Afraid. Stop Procrastinating.
I really don’t have a clue what goes on inside my brain box, or what the correct terms are for how I feel sometimes. I’m just going to lump it all together under being afraid and procrastination. It’s whatever it is that is preventing me from doing stuff. Things I want to do or I need to do, I seem to either never do it or delay it till the last minute. That shit has got to stop! I’m need to get this sorted if I want to have a chance of succeeding at items 1 – 3.
Those are just some ideas I’m having as I get the gray matter between my ears moving again. Once I get my plan a little more formulated, I’m going to share them here to keep myself accountable. Changes are going to happen overnight, and I’m sure to have some setbacks, but I need to start moving forward now.