Free and homeless: the experiment – part 1

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 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.

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.

Everyday.

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:

GETTING OLDER

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.

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  • Jelle

    Found this blog through your post on Reddit – I’ve subscribed through RSS. Looking forward to your next posts!

    • Gaël Blanchemain

      Hey Jelle, thanks for reaching out :)
      I’m glad to update you on this trip, which so far has been very positive. I’m in Guatemala, going to Antigua today, wish me well…
      Let’s stay in touch
      gael

  • sandra molina

    Gael he quedado fascinada de tus palabras, la sencillez y la simpleza de como has tomado decisiones importantes en tu vida…. que regalo de la vida el haberte conocido… que tu camino siempre sea lleno de cosas lindas para compartir…
    besos
    Sandrixs

    • Gaël Blanchemain

      Gracias por tus palabras. Espero que este blog pueda beneficiar a la gente. Esa es mi intencion.

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  • http://harrymonmouth.wordpress.com harrymonmouth

    I have been considering this myself. I have been thinking that when there is the ability to carry your entire music collection in your pocket and an entire library with all your work tools in a bag then why tie myself down to a house that will simply encourage me to accumulate physical possessions that I do not actually have all that much use for.

    • Gaël Blanchemain

      Thanks for sharing, Harry :)
      What about now, at the age of digitalization, you still up to travelling?

  • Anamaria.

    It’s so beutifull your decition how to do only what you want,and help people at the same time.Also you have a marvelous girl with you.I know your page will have many followers as me.Whishing you the best of everything.Don’t forget you have a home here. AnaMaria.

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    • Gaël Blanchemain

      Thank you for your kind words, Anamaria. See you soon in San Salvador.