So the decision has been made. One of the things that I struggled the most with these last few months, is the idea of moving away from traditional success. Because like all other members of our society, I have been conditioned to long for it. Money, power, fame, popularity you name it. And these goals only seem attainable if you jump through the hoops that most other people do, but jumping through hoops is something that I’m terribly, terribly bad at. Although if I put my mind to it, I could probably leverage my current position into some form of traditional success with some work and persistence. But that’s not what I decided. I’ve decided to pursue one of my main goals in life, location independence.
What Does It All Mean?
Location independence is basically the idea that you’re able to live wherever you want in the world. And of course you need to have the financial capacity for travelling wherever you want. Strategically I will be starting out with countries that have low living costs, and then if things start to work out to the point that I can go to other, more expensive countries I will do that.
I prefer slow travelling, so the goal is to travel large parts of the world, staying in each country for a month or two, or more, depending on how much I enjoy it.
What’s The Point?
Because I’m not that attached to my country, I don’t really like the climate and the high living expenses pretty much limit you to working in a very traditional sense, the idea is basically checking out alternatives. It’s unlikely that I will ever relinquish my Norwegian citizenship because of the stability of the economy, and the safety and what not, but who knows.
Maybe all I will realize is that I don’t like traveling as much as I had imagined, or that the uncertainty is too much, or that I like Norway a lot more than I had imagined… either way it would be a welcome conclusion to a chapter in my life that feels necessary at the moment.
I’ve been borderline sick, with headaches, coughing and an absurdly overwhelming level of exhaustion, and I used that as an excuse for inaction. An excuse to dream and wait, to distract myself while nothing changed. I guess it’s not the worst excuse I’ve used because I have been a bit under the weather, but if I still have the energy to move my fingers there’s really no excuse to not be writing.
As far as I can tell, the most logical path for me to enable myself to travel with the skillset I currently have and the situation I am currently in, is to pursue freelance writing. While I decided that quite a long time ago, I have realized that I underestimated the difficulty and the amount of required to get established. So I’ve decided to approach it a lot more like an actual job, scheduling work days and weeks, and focusing a lot more on directly reaching out and marketing, instead of coasting along and postponing that part.
I mentioned that I was going to get a job in one week almost two weeks ago, things didn’t exactly pan out, although I tried a lot less hard than I had imagined. Job searching seems to be a black hole for any motivation and energy I have, because I get so caught up in the idea that I am basically struggling for a chance to maybe get a “dead-end” job. Perhaps my absurdly forgiving parents are part of the problem.
My part-time job teaching Japanese to some kids once a week is about to end, and I feel like the smart choice is to find a replacement that involves a lot more frequent work. I have a few things in the works, we’ll have to see how everything works out, but hopefully I’ll end up with a job that allows me time to at least process ideas and maybe edit outlines during lunch breaks.
I’ve heard rumors of the power of writing things out by hand, versus simply typing on a computer, and it’s time I put it to the test myself. I’m going to finally try handwritten checklists to keep myself focused. I will do both daily, and weekly and see what works best.
If I had to choose one thing that I’ve failed miserably at in the past, it just might be prioritizing. Hopefully that’s not going to be the case this time around.
No one knows what the future brings, or at least so we have been lead to believe. How things work out only time will tell.
The bird in the picture, the alpine swift has been registered to stay airborne for over 200 days a year, making it the longest flier of all birds. It sustains itself partly from airborne plankton, pretty much the definition of location independence.
Picture by Dave Curtis