After ten months of unpaid leave from my company while we traveled the world, I knew it would be somewhat difficult to go back to my regular job. We rode elephants in Laos, pet tigers in Thailand, feared for our life in Jordan, and watched the mesmerizing Northern Lights in Iceland. We pushed ourselves beyond our previous limits when we hiked a mountain in Malaysia and visited 4 tiny villages in the remote mountains of Nepal as we trekked for 65 kilometers over four days. We saw each other every day, and almost every minute – with the number of times we were apart for more than an hour easily countable on two hands. We put every ounce of trust and faith in each other’s hands as we set out as a team to explore the world.
Our days were no longer defined by fighting through the week just to have two days to do what we wanted on the weekends – which are usually filled with doing chores we don’t want to do anyway! Instead, we did whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted, and we were more active than we’d ever been before. Our time wasn’t filled with lazy days on the beach, but instead of near constant motion of traveling to new cities, finding our home for the next few days, exploring the major sites, and at the same time planning our next destinations.
In essence, we no longer had a master. If we wanted to go to Thailand next week instead of Malaysia, we could. If we wanted to sleep in and spend a day doing nothing, we could.
Now, I’m back to work full time, we don’t know where we’ll live yet, and we’re unsure of what our future will bring. I was incredibly lucky to have an employer who welcomed me back with work and a paycheck. However, I’m no longer able to control my own day. I’m told when I need to travel somewhere else for work, we can’t go for a five hour hike on a Tuesday, and the work week is back.
We’re back to a former reality, and I’m answering back to a new master. Let me guess, you feel REALLY BAD for us?!?! I mean, how couldn’t you! I have a job and work like everyone else!
Our trip taught me the importance of doing what you want, but it also taught me the importance of doing what you don’t want. If we hadn’t worked hard for 8 years and both more than doubled our incomes, drove cars we could afford (besides my mess up out of college), lived on a budget, cash flowed a major renovation on a great property and then sold it and made money, we wouldn’t have been able to go on our trip.
We understand the value of hard work, and we’re back at it. However, we’re doing it purposefully and controlling our money so when the next adventure rears its pretty head, we’ll be able to take advantage of it. Do you feel like you answer to a Master with your job?