For years I was giving myself such a hard time, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Travel was always my passion, but for some reason it had fallen into this society-created category in my head of something you get to do as a short-term reward for all your hard work the rest of the year. I struggled with countless jobs of that might provide me mild happiness or quick money until I could travel again. I could never seem to "catch up" or "get ahead" despite working harder or longer or cutting back or budgeting. Not to say that I wasn't getting anywhere and that it couldn't be done with that method- it just wasn't happening fast enough or often enough for me and it was driving me crazy.
Years were starting to go by before my last big travel experience, and I found myself trapped, stressed and approaching a mid-life crisis that would land me a trip to the hospital. And then I came to a realization: I had been approaching it all wrong. A conversation with one of my best friends, who I consider my brother and spiritual guide, helped me to see the light with one powerful piece of advice. He told me, "You can always make more money, but you can never make more time." It hit me like an unseen basketball to the face.
Instead of spending my time doing things I was passionate about and letting the money follow (or not), I was chasing money to help me find a place of peace and comfort. I quit my job immediately. I shifted my focus to doing things that I'm passionate about and make me happy, and stopped listening to the voices that were projected by fear and worry. So, my debt isn't going to go away over night- so what?! As long as I have a roof over my head, and food to put in my belly, and I can go to sleep with a smile on my face because I'm happy with what I did with my life today, I know I'll be okay- regardless of how much money I have. Money is necessary, surely. But there are a million and one ways to make money- why waste your valuable time here on Earth, doing something that doesn't make you happy, in order to earn it?
The common theme we hear from the Older and Wiser is, "Life is short- take advantage of it while you can." Something tells me that's good advice. And something tells me we might feel the same way someday. It's time to get back to what I love- traveling, writing about it, filming it, and sharing my experiences with others. And that's the mission of WANDRLUSTR.
With the creation of this website, I've punched my ticket to a journey that will last a lifetime. I look forward to sharing my past and future experiences here, and I also look forward to hearing about yours. I encourage you to be proactive when it comes to expanding your life experience. Find a way to make it happen. In the end, our life experience is all we have.