Have you ever had a feeling of wanting something so bad, but don’t know how on earth you’re going to get there? There’s this gut feeling telling you to follow your passion, but you’re scared to leave everything you know behind?
I was a girl driven by corporate titles, big salaries and building roots. I went to college for Public Relations, a program I thought would carry me up the business ladder and on top of social stardom. I donated my time to unpaid internships where I learned little more than what coffee my boss wanted or how I could deal with demanding personalities. I worked the typical 9-5 office job and spent my nights as a waitress as a means for paying off my nice clothes and plans for buying a house.
No one told me I HAD to start a career, a life, as a young graduate. In fact, I’ve been blessed by a family who always told me to do whatever made me happy. The problem was, instead of being inspired by the people around me who just happened to know what they wanted to do, I pressured myself into finding that corporate sweetness that they seemed so much to enjoy.
All I wanted was to find some type of connection with my daily life. I wanted to feel like I had a purpose in this world and most importantly find happiness with what I was doing. Don’t we all?
Something was missing, and it wasn’t just my social life. In the midst of all the corporate craziness; feelings of being lost, under-appreciated and uninspired were definitely surrounding me.
Maybe you’re one of those lucky ones who grew up knowing exactly what you wanted to do, where you wanted to live, or who you wanted to be. But if you’re reading this and feel that you too have been side-swept by the pressures of “growing up”, I can tell you the answer really is this simple: rid yourself of everything you think you’re meant to do, and follow your intuition to what you want to do. How else will you find what you love?
I didn’t love spending my days cooped up in an office. I didn’t love the thought of being in one location for all my life. Moreover, I definitely didn’t love coming home from a fourteen-hour workday and feeling defeated, not accomplished.
I finally decided to follow that intuition.
I’m almost a year into travel and my happiness meter is filled so high that I can’t believe I didn’t listen to that little voice earlier. For me, my gut feeling had always told me to travel. I was meant to see the world, learn from the cultures I knew nothing about, and get lost in a whole sea of international opportunity (opportunity that didn’t involve a pay raise).
Sometimes we’re so busy making a living that we forget to actually enjoy our life.
Don’t forget we get one chance to make this life ours. If you’re someone who thrives on business suits and big companies – work it! But if you’re someone like me, who thrives on keeping your happiness tank full – fill it! What is it going to take for you to get up and leave it all behind? It’s not so scary, I promise.
In the fun, craziness and spontaneity of it all, you’ll be surprised how quickly you find that feeling of happiness as soon as you leave any pressures behind. It all starts with following that little voice called intuition.
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Katie Shewaga is a Canadian-born 22-year old who has quickly become Australian-by-heart. Currently residing in Sydney, she’s been busy immersing herself into the crazy working Australian lifestyle; a few too many Tim Tams and VBs at a time. She’s here to share her stories of a newbie traveller trying to find her way around Australia on her travel blog, The Polka Dot Suitcase.