I have always been extremely grateful for all that I have. Because of that, for awhile, I felt very guilty for wanting more. I felt that I should be happy that I have a decent job, loving family, great friends, my health, etc. But despite knowing, and appreciating, all of these things... something inside of me wanted (and still wants) more. Finally, I decided that it's alright to feel that way... I should not feel guilty. It is important to appreciate the things you have... but at the same time you should strive to get all you can out of life (and give all that you can, as well). Just because things 'could be worse' doesn't mean they couldn't be better. (by the way, this forum is a lovely way to spend my Wednesday morning at work)
I like cg8tr's take on things here, I am in a similar boat. I have about three goals right now that I consider "life goals" even though I want to do them all as soon as possible.
I have set my sights on driving around the world, moving to the UK, and making a career out of travelling. I am at various points of success with all three, but also they are lofty enough goals where they take up a good bit of my free time doing research and such, and keep that fire burning that eventually will get me back on the road.
cg8tr - After extensive research on the subject, i'm in a position to confirm that the forum is a lovely way to spend not only Wednesday, but Mon/Tue, Thur and Fri mornings at work as well. Not too bad for afternoons at work either, and a great way to pass the time if you end up on any of the unfortuanet graveyard/weekend shifts....
Achieving our very own dream will be the greatest thing on earth. I'm sure every one of us got a dream to snatch; it's whether we win it or lose it. In my case I'm still waiting for the opportunity to come, but I know it's hard for me, it's not because I give up easily but my dream is just like you guys, never stop traveling.
Since from young age, I've never thought of going Universities or Colleges just to obtain a higher education such as Diploma or a Degree. I want a different life from others. I know it's a realistic world now days. You must get highly educated to compete with the best, earn an honor Degree, err, Master or PhD just to prove how good you are in the community. So that one day you'll get a good job by earning pretty good money.
Well what happened today on me? I'm just like you. Having a Degree and working in an IT company as well, working according to the different time zone, and you'll get worst when you're trying to climb up frm your bed at 4am in the morning, just to go to work.
I do agree that some ppl said,about working in an IT field it is just like working in a square box, helpless to move around. It might be true or it might not.
I don't even get to off during public holidays! Even wanted to go travel for a month it's definitely a NO-NO situation.
Every morning, I'll tell my self, "Brace your self nick, you've a brand new day to go".
The only thing to make your days to go a lil bit interesting is, try planning some activities. Like attending some dinner with friends, having some drinks with friends, go for a swim, or maybe setup an outing on the weekend, so that you can always look forward for that "event" and eventually you'll find your weekdays past quite fast.
Spice of your life and be happy on what you have. There's nothing much important than Health and Happiness.
So be who you are.
Before I forget, here is some interesting story to share on:
There were once 2 brothers who lived on the 80th level.
On coming home one day, they realized to their dismay that the lifts were not working and that they had to climb the stairs home.
After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them.
They left their bags there and climbed on. When they struggled to the 40th level,
the younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. They continued to climb the flights of steps,
quarrelling all the way to the 60th floor.
They then realized that they had only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarrelling and continue climbing in
peace. They silently! climbed on and reached their home at long last. Each stood calmly before the door and waited for
the other to open the door. And they realized that the key was in their bags which were left on the 20th floor.
This story is a reflection on our lives. Many of us live for the expectations of our parents,
teachers and friends when we were young. We seldom get to do the things that we really like or love.
It is under so much pressure and stress that by our early 20s, we get tired and decide to dump
this load and enjoy life. Being free of the stress and pressure, we work enthusiastically and dream ambitious dreams.
But by the time we reach our 40s, we start to lose our vision and along with that, our dreams and goal in life.
We began to feel unsatisfied and start to complain and criticize. We live life in misery as we are never satisfied.
Reaching 60, we realize that we have little time left for complaining and we began to walk the
final episode in peace and calmness. We think that there is nothing left that could disappoint us,
only to realize that we cannot rest in peace because we have an unfulfilled dream. A dream we abandoned about 60 plus years ago.
So what is your dream?
Keep them alive.
Follow your dreams so that you will not live with regrets and you will have stories to share with your loved ones.
Believe what you believe,
Work hard to achieve,
Focus yourself, and
You will receive!