To Drop everything at 30
I am about 30 male, single with a steady full time job.
I was wondering If im too late in my life to just drop it and go and try to be happy. Or AM i still young enough to do such a thing? not crazy?
Anyone out there over age 35. Who just dropped everything and went?
Not much to fall back on. But love to travel and want to experience life living in other countries?
i was wondering if some jobs overseas like teaching english or WWOOFING or volunteer work like building a school in Africa would open up job skills to be marketable back home?
When I was 30, my boyfriend (now husband) and I put everything in storage, left our jobs (I took a leave), and headed off to Africa for near to six months. Best decision I ever made (except for choosing him as my life partner).
I say go for it.
Okay, I'm (clearly?) joking. Sure, maybe those of us over 30 can say "Boy, I sure wish I'd started earlier!" but the truth of the matter is that unless you've invented a time machine, you're stuck on this trajectory into the future with the rest of us. A "glass is half full" sort of way to look at it is to realize that regardless of the woulda's, coulda's, and shoulda's of the past, there will never be a better time than right NOW to get started!
Left the UK when I was 32, after selling my house and possesions and leaving a high flying job in IT. And headed to Bangkok with a one way ticket. Now I am 40 (gulp) and live in the South Island of NZ and work in the wine industry. Along the way, I have travelled RTW twice, lived in three different countries, learned to speak a new language and married a wonderful woman from Finland on a beach in Fiji. I never made it back to the UK.
If you have reasonable job skills, are prepared to be flexible, then picking up work ( and work permits) is entirely possible.
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chelley wrote:God I would love to do this...but I think I'm to chicken. Are you really gonna do it?
What's stopping you? Just go and do it.
So yeah, go for it, drop it all and give yourself a chance at happiness!!
It's the Environment, Stupid
My point? 30 is a beginning for me, not nearly close to a "too late."
I will be 28 in April and I am leaving 4/25 for a seven month journey throughout Central & South America. I have worked in the corporate world for the past 6 years, free car, nice salary and bonuses but I could no longer move forward without fulfilling this dream. It really began to eat away at me. I have planned my journey for a year now and I give my notice at the end of the month!! Scary but so necessary!
I'll be 37 upon return! Never too old for a life-changing experience.
I feel I've been wasting my life away the past 10 years with school and work and forgot how to enjoy life. I wish I could go back and relive my 20's after what I know now but all I can do is to change my future. It's never too late to search for happiness and meaning in life.
But you came to the right place for social validation: You aren't too old for anything. If you're inclined to drop everything and go, drop everything and go.
Taking the road less traveled by isn't altogether more difficult than building a home, making a family, struggling through a 9 to 5, and doing what the majority of your peers do. The most difficult part is, in fact, just getting your ass out the door. And, similarly, it is no more or less "respectable."
/From a fella over 30 who has walked, driven, drank, made love, and urinated on every continent. (Except Antarctica. Emperor Penguins are not so easily talked into bed, despite what the pages of Lonely Planet might lead one to believe.)
Not the First Continental Op wrote:/From a fella over 30 who has walked, driven, drank, made love, and urinated on every continent. (Except Antarctica. Emperor Penguins are not so easily talked into bed, despite what the pages of Lonely Planet might lead one to believe.)
That's not true. It just takes more alcohol and some patience.
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