Make a Date, Change Your Life Forever – The Yomadic-2-Step™
I’ve been putting it off long enough. The straw breaking this Camel’s back was the eleven dollar late fee. In my mind, that could have been eleven meals in South East Asia. Great, spicy, meals. I’m well and truly in downsizing mode, having done more downsizing in the last few months than most people do in a lifetime. I traded a 200 sqm (2100 sqft) apartment, with a mortgage, for a 45 sqm apartment. No mortgage, no rent. I traded space, for freedom. Un-necessary coldness, for bare-bones coziness.
Statistically, that’s a 78% reduction in space, and a 110% increase in freedom. Our small apartment is our new “base” (there’s two of us at Yomadic). But there is one dirty little secret. I have a storage facility, in a warehouse nearby. And, the bill was due a few days ago.
This facility holds our “stuff”. It’s a reminder of my nomadic short-comings. Epic-location-independent-travelling-forever-digital-nomad-lifestyle-designing-cubicle-abandoning-warriors don’t have storage facilities.
No. They have 35 litre backpacks and seem to spend a lot of time in Chang Mai.
Less stuff and more experiences.
Initially, I booked the storage for three months. We got rid of a lot of stuff. We gave things away that would bring a tear to the eye of eBay aficionados the world over. Three months seemed like enough time to prepare for a total-lifestyle-overhaul. It wasn’t. Progress has been made, but today I crumbled, and booked storage for six months more.
Sure, there’s nothing wrong with having a storage facility, but there is something wrong with having it full of things you don’t need.
It’s an indicator, that we’re not quite ready to be epic nomadic warriors travelling the world in search of hi-jinx and adventure. We’re still hanging on to some of our stuff. We still travel on the regular, such as a recent one month journey through Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. In fact, I’m heading to Hong Kong on Saturday for a week. But that’s all just chicken-feed compared to the main course.
It’s short-term tourism, which suits many people and is a fantastic goal, but we want long-term travel.
Making a date, is step one.
Once you have decided to embark on long-term travel, or any other life changing activity, making the date to start is step one. Absolutely, positively, step one. The conversation around our cozy little apartment lately revolves around the date. The date where we lock the door, and go. Here’s the Yomadic 2-Step-Program™ on “How to Make a Date That Will Change Your Life, Forever” :
1. Pick a date, for when you will change your life forever.
2. That is all.
Don’t have a “plan-B”. Failure is not an option. Don’t fear failure. I’ve failed before, you’ve failed before, we’ve all failed before. And, we’ll all fail again. Big deal. Failure is part of life. Fear is a part of life as well. Fear of the unknown. Fear to step outside your comfort zone. You know, fear can be exhilarating. Embrace it, have fun with fear. Just make a plan to change your life forever, and then make a date to change your life forever. Then, do everything in your power to make it happen.
Tell people about the date. Be accountable. Think about the date, every day. Prepare for the date, everyday. Live the date. Breath the date. Be, the date.
Travel changes the world. Travel has allowed me to grow as a person. Long term travel, even more so.
Travel has allowed me to help people, and to have people help me. I’ve already had many great and beautiful travel experiences. Experiences that would be unjust to be relayed by mere words and photos. There’s a whole Internet out there telling you why travel is so good. So, what are you doing sitting in your office reading this? Didn’t you get the memo? It’s probably under the TPS Report. There’s only two steps (see above), are you at step one yet?
Today, I’m at step one.
Six months from today, it will be time to pay another storage bill.
Nope. Not paying it.
Six months from today, is the 20th August, 2012.
The date my world changes.
Do I have a plan?
Yes. My plan is to commence a journey as an epic-location-independent-travelling-forever-digital-nomad-lifestyle-designing-cubicle-abandoning-warrior. And hang out in places like Chang Mai, Medellin, and Bali. I’ve heard Berlin is happening these days. Maybe even Vienna, I have a thing for snow, and maybe I’ll finally embrace Christmas. To date, I’m a “Festivus” kind of guy.
The last time I did this “planning” thing, not so long ago, I ended up with two one-way tickets to Bali. Several months later, we were in Norway. That journey began with no plan, except to make a date, buy a couple of tickets, and go. Yes, I know how to pull a trigger. Some may say I’m rash. I’m not rash, I’m just a little hasty. As long as I’m moving forward, right?
Life is short, one-way tickets are cheap.
The plan may require some “finessing”, maybe some “fleshing out”, but the date is made.
Today, I’ve completed step one. I’ve made the date.
Knowing me, I won’t stick to the date.
I will beat that date into oblivion.
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