There comes a point in the lives of most people when they think that it is time to do something different. Working in the same place and living in the same town forever is no longer the accepted way of doing things it once was. Now you can take some risks, travel the world and enjoy life more than ever.
Feel Alive Again
It is an incredible feeling to break out of the routine. If you think about it, many of us follow the same routine of commuting to work and speaking to the same people and doing the same things for years on end. When you slip into this sort of comfortable routine it is easy to forget to pay attention to all of the little things in life which make it worth living. When you take time out to travel you remember how great it is to walk through a park and see the flowers in bloom, how long a week can be when you have nothing much to do and how exciting it is to wake up in a strange bed and not remember which city you are. Basically, you will re-discover how interesting life can be.
Control Your Destiny
Another of the most exciting aspects of travelling and seeing new places is that you take control of your life again. When we stick to a set routine it is easy to think that we can’t afford to give up our job because the most important things in life are the loans we need to pay and the pension fund which we are building up painfully slowly year after year. Sure, these aspects of life matter but do they give you any pleasure? Let’s look at the example of someone who takes 6 months or a year off work to see the world. Do you think they sit around afterwards lamenting the year they missed on paying pension payments? Life is for living and by doing something completely different you are telling yourself that you are in control of your destiny and that you can change the direction of your life whenever you want to.
Of course, we aren’t talking here about spending everything you have, having your home repossessed by the bank and ending up living on the street. If you want to enjoy life then you need to be sensible. For example, the case we looked at earlier of someone giving up work for a few months, this should come after some planning. They could let out their house, ask their boss if they could take a career break and budget well. They would also want to ensure that they travel with insurance cover and that if they run into problems they can turn to a professional firm like Irwin Mitchell. Taking risks and enjoying life isn’t the same as being stupid and careless. If you find the right balance then you will discover that you can have a better life without losing the good things you already have.
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