A year ago, early this month was my last employment day, few weeks later I’m in Peru. A year after, still traveling, I’m in Brasil, helping building a house in favela and learning Brasilian Portuguese.

I was in Prague somewhere in June last year when I received an email from my previous employer to answer exit interview questionnaire. From one question to another, I took a long pause at one particular question, the primary reason I made my decision and I only had to select only one reason. Despite all the things that I don’t like about my job and the how the company runs, the primary reason I left is because I want to backpacking around the world, that’s it, just that.

When you care about what you do, enthusiasm carries you through. When you are passionate, no one else has to motivate you.

I dream to long term traveling and backpacking around the world, I save up my monthly salary and cuts the temptations to spend on guitar effects and video games. Not to mention sports car and supermotard, even though I don’t how to ride a bike. I put aside the idea of finding love of my life, cause I know it’s going to affect my dream. I invest towards my dream; new backpack, learned about website, high definition camera, high-end computer for video editing, high-end video editing software, travel books, inspirational books, writing books, video editing books, few trips to test myself, few short videos to learn editing and scriptwriting. I go through frustrations whether it is worth it or not, but in my heart, I know I’m on course. A lot of determination, but passion is the foundation.

Wheelbarrowing In Favela

Wheelbarrowing In Favela

Following your dream is no guarantee of an easy ride. Life usually becomes more challenging, but you embark on an outer journey which starts the inner journey. You have a chance to blossom – to see who you really are. Doing what you love it’s not a recipe for an easier life, it’s a recipe for an interesting life. It doesn’t matter what type of dream you aim for, either in a form of material or achievement or both, don’t let it die.

If you have unfulfilled dreams, analyse your excuses. Usually we a not very honest with ourselves. We say things are impossible when the truth is, there’re very inconvenient. I thought I would never make this dream come true until I realise that I just pretend I had no choice.

There is a pattern amongst people who achieve their dreams – they often start from a long way behind. From mediocre-to-poor background, Syed Mokhtar al Bukhary now is the richest Bumiputra corporate figure in Malaysia, you find inspiring athletes who overcame disabilities, you find a thousand stories on how people overcome difficulties in their life before they success.

We always have choices. If you are not doing something, it’s because you are putting your energy elsewhere. The question is not “Why is this impossible?”, the question is “What am I unwilling to do?” When you say, “I’ll do this thing. I don’t care how hard it is.” Life then starts to support you.

To be honest, I don’t know how will my future looks like once I get home but I’m looking forward to it. A chance to re-write my future. I wonder what my life turned out if I didn’t take the plunge, probably still the same, still dreaming.

Exit Question

Exit Question