For this post, I’ll be telling you about how you can fire up that Passion Project without having to quit your job :)
Unfortunately though, all good things must come to an end. You’ve had your fun, escaped the ‘real world’ for a year or two and now it’s time to get back to reality: build a career, buy a car, get married, buy a house, put babies in the house (Your own preferably. Don’t steal babies!) So that’s it – work and invest and raise miniature versions of yourself and do all of the things that you’re supposed to do up until retirement age. If you’ve looked after your health then you can get straight back to having fun again. Go wild! Grow your own vegetables; play golf; join some kind of committee; maybe go on nudist holidays when nobody you know is looking. It’s gonna be crazy!
But what if you don’t want to wait until the age of 65 to enjoy all these wonders that life has to offer? What if you want to join the naked-vegetable-golf-committee right now?! Well, you know what, you can!
Back in 2013, Jonathan and I were broke backpackers. We chose to leave our 8-5 jobs in exchange for a more fulfilling lifestyle. It’s a roller coaster ride. It was fun and exciting, but we are not millionaires-- it came to the point that we didn’t have much money to sustain that kind of lifestyle. We started assessing ourselves and our skills by asking ourselves: ‘What are we good at?’ ‘What else can we do aside from staring at our computers from 8-5 and serving coffee to our bosses?’ ‘Can we learn another skill while we’re on the road?’ ‘Can we earn from it?’
To put it simply, you should go to university, build a career, buy a car, get married, buy a house, raise your babies …you get the idea. If you’re lucky, by the time you hit retirement age you’ll still be in good enough health and have enough cash saved up to get back to having fun again. (READ: 9 types of trips you must take in your 20s)
Well, what if you don’t want to wait until you reach old age to have fun?
Before you let it all go and fly off on your great adventure, consider these:
Getting paid to travel the world…
It sounds like everyone’s ultimate dream, and it had been mine ever since I was a child. To see a different country every week, eat bun cha in Hanoi on Monday, Paella in Spain on a Wednesday, and gaze up at Christ the Redeemer on Friday! I thought it was impossible, nothing more than a dream.