A month ago I decided to stop having a day job and begin the life I really wanted.
I gave back my apartment and hit the road. This is the first post of my experiment living a free, homeless life focused on exploring spirituality and growing the roots of happiness.
I’ll post on this travel diary once a week. For 6 months.
The news fell, eventually: my company had filed bankruptcy.
I had just lost my job.
I had been doing well professionally for 4 years, but my luck had run out. I was officially unemployed, and if I wanted to keep up the same lifestyle, I would have to find another job.
Probably a “day job”.
9 to 5 and all.
Another office, with Ikea furniture…A coffee machine, colleagues around it, gossiping about people I don’t even know.
With a bit of luck my desk window would have a view that I could enjoy.
Hollow meetings, bullshit corporate talk. Making sure that I look OK, that I look INTERESTED.
When I don’t give a damn.
I couldn’t swallow that idea anymore, knowing that I was:
At least I was sure that I was getting older, with or without a job.
Time passes, and it doesn’t care if you live a fulfilling life or if you just show up at work everyday to do something you dislike.
What about what I really liked?
What about discovering the world, meditating, learning spirituality…
What about traveling places with my girlfriend?
Time was seriously running out (I’m 39). I decided not to let it run without me.
I turned down all the new job offers.
I gave back the keys to my apartment.
I decided it was time to live the life I wanted.
And I left.
BEING FREE AND HOMELESS
As I write these lines, I’m in the middle of an experiment that I started a few weeks ago.
After saying goodbye to all my good friends in France (I’m French, BTW, if you’d like to know more about me please check it out here), I bought a plane ticket to Guatemala.
I made a deliberate choice to go to a place I’ve never been before.
I’m now free and homeless. I’m not poor though. I’ll tell you how I manage on a homeless budget soon :)
The following posts will be about my first steps in Latin America, beginning with a meditation retreat with Lama Ole Nyhdal.
I’d be happy to stay in touch with you, if that’s also what you want:
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