Today I spent ten minutes or more looking at a honeybee in the patio. Honeybee, remember one of those?
I recently quit my hectic 9-5 job to travel and write. I loved my job but I felt like it was time I made travel my priority. Once I reassessed my life, I realised I was working so that I could fund my travels. What could go wrong if I jumped without this currency parachute? And so I did.
After my jump, a friend suggested an ad by Turiya villa and spa, Goa. Turiya was looking for a temporary property manager, which appeared to be a perfect transition to my new phase of life. Our planets aligned and here I am; staring at bees in the patio and planning my next travel.
In the past few months, a lot of people have asked me questions about what I am going to do, how I will survive this line of work and how they can venture out to alternate career options, amongst others. These have been my primary guidelines.
I have never been able to save money until I saw a destination I wanted to explore. However, in the last few weeks I have realised that money gives us confidence. Moving cities with no job in sight can reshuffle a lot of our decisions. This is only the start for me and now, I am more cautious and think twice before I spend my money. I don’t expect a rainy day but if it pours, I must be prepared.
Research and stay connected
Doing the homework always helps. My stint with Femina helped me connect and meet travellers and travel bloggers who inspired me. It always helps to get a first person’s perspective and then evaluate the current situation.
The eternal optimist
Nothing can go wrong. Whatever goes wrong, we have not thought about it till it actually happens. I am an optimist and often invest in happy conclusions than worrying about out-of-control consequences. We are here to take chances and none of us hope to jinx it. Let’s keep the faith and smile through it.
What’s the heart saying?
I know this sounds like a cliché, but the heart always knows the truth. There isn’t a right time for anything till our heart says so. Intuition tells us exactly where we would be happy and listening to our hearts takes us there. Last year, when I travelled to Spiti, I felt like there was a big change on its way and seven months later, I am living it. (Read more about my Spitian experience here)
Answer those who care
When I decided to take the plunge, there were plenty of questions (and some arguments) from my family and close friends. Understanding and addressing their questions were imperative as was getting their feedback. These discussions put things into perspective and bring in immense amount of clarity. Once the foundation is strong, confidence never deters.
…To change, chances, people, accidents, memories and everything. It is natural to be a little scared before starting afresh on an unknown road. Change is the only constant and as long as I am open to that, it will be a smooth sail.
How do you welcome change in your life?