We’re holding off telling any family and friends just yet about our new challenge – mainly because none of them understand our need for change or to live a little differently.
I don’t think any of them read this blog, simply because their not that up-to-date with what blogs are I don’t think – most of them have been using the interweb for a number of years but they don’t use it to find much information on things, it’s still only an entertainment thing for most of them.
I remember when we told family and friends that we were going to New Zealand last time, none of them could understand why we wanted to go, they all asked why we were leaving full-time jobs with good pay to go travelling – and for such a long time.
It took us a few months to get them to understand why we were, but even then I don’t think deep down they were overly happy with our decisions, but they seemingly accepted them anyway.
When we got back from New Zealand you could almost see the relief on their faces – “ah, look their back now and will start to settle down, get a job, a house etc” and although yes we got a job, it didn’t last long for both of us, and within a few years we had changed jobs a number of times, because we were always looking for the right job.
And today having found that right job, we are again looking to go travelling – they really wouldn’t be able to understand it.
Their thinking would be along the lines of “you’ve found a job you love, you’ve stayed in it for a few years, it’s now time to settle down etc”
And yes perhaps we thought that up until a few months ago, but not now.
Now for what ever reason the travel bug has been reignited inside of both of us, and we’re now ready to go off to another country again.
We’ve got no inclination anymore to settle down in one place, work in the same job for 20 years, paying into a pension scheme (for it to be robbed off us by government spending).
And personally I couldn’t care less what happens in 20 years time, I’m thinking about the next few years and that’s it.
I believe that the world we live in is so fast-moving now, that even in 5 years time things will be a lot different then they are now – with the way technology has moved forward in the last 5 years, over the next 20 years I just can’t imagine what it will be like.
I honestly believe that by the time I get to 50 (16 years time) the world will be a much different place than it is now, and it will be mainly down to the advancement of technology.
I don’t care who you are or what country you live in – if you look at where technology has come in the last 16 years, you’ll find it very hard to predict where it will be in the next 16 … I don’t think anyone can predict, but one thing is for certain is it will have changed and changed beyond what we can comprehend right now, and this will affect jobs, housing, the whole economy.
So with that in mind, I really don’t see either of us staying in one place for longer than a few years anytime soon – even if we found our ideal job, which I haven’t a clue what that would be.
Right now at this very moment, we both just feel that it’s now the right time to be moving on (well in 10-12 months, heh!) and from there who knows, but we certainly don’t feel like settling anywhere long-term at the moment.
The strangest thing of all is that over the last 13 years since me and Dena have been together, all of our friends and relatives have offered their opinions on what we are doing or going to do, and each time we’ve generally ignored them and done the exact opposite.
And yet year after year they still offer their opinions as if this one time they may be able to persuade us to do something like they suggest.
Thankfully they have been open-minded enough to allow us to do things our own way, and still speak to us etc when we do – the most frustrating part of this all though is that when we want to talk to any of them about what we’re doing or have done, none of them show any real interest.
But we’ve learnt to cope with that over the years, and it doesn’t bother us as much as it used to – yes it’s still a little frustrating but we put up with it and get on with what we want to do.
I wonder how many other people have family and friends who are like this?
If you do, do you just ignore their opinions and do the opposite or do you allow yourself to compromise your own beliefs just to keep the peace?
I’d be interested to know.
Until next time…