Leaving Your Cubicle

Don't let the office get you down

Don't let the office get you down

There’s something about travel that can help to set us free.  Putting us back on that road toward reaching our dreams, and challenging us to move forward in a new direction. It sets the spirit free to soar, unconstrained by the ceiling of stagnation that forms above us like a skin holding us prisoner as our lives move in an ever shrinking circle. Days become weeks and the weeks become months.  Last year feels like a heartbeat away and tomorrow feels like it’s coming today.  Time contracts and we’re left with a room full of possessions, but empty photo albums and an empty shoebox of memories.  Travel is an investment.  An investment for the future.  It may not promise material wealth, but it does slow the passing of unclaimed time. The heartwarming return – far more elusive than any quantifiable asset – is truly something to behold.

Plan an adventure not a holiday
“…commit to an adventure of far greater proportions than a holiday in the sun. Not just an adventure in geographic terms, but an emotional and a spiritual adventure.”

For anyone planning to leave the confines of their cubicle, the hardest step is always in leaving.  The emotional torment and insecurity that comes from severing ties with the familiar is undoubtedly the single greatest obstacle that separates us from the liberation that beckons.  As our lives become more tightly intertwined with technology it becomes harder to strip them back to the fundamentals, and reconnect with what matters most. For many, travel amounts to escaping the working week, relaxing the body and the mind before returning to the rat race a week or two later.  These holidays are just another element of the same orbit that our lives follow each day, perpetuating the cycle and limiting our growth.  They are far from an escape.  The break is finite, never long enough.  The office is still there when we return and it has become increasingly difficult to remain entirely unreachable, even when on holiday. It is for all these reasons that in order to have a true life-changing travel experience we must leave our own world behind us and commit to an adventure of far greater proportions than a holiday in the sun.  Not just an adventure in geographic terms, but an emotional and a spiritual adventure.

From the instant you decide to leave your work and to embark on an adventure, your days and nights will be consumed with planning.  The length to which you go to organise yourself is dependent only on your own quest for satisfaction.  Having such a project on the go, and such an exciting fixed goal can be enough to inspire and re-energise even the most lethargic individual.  Planning a budget, researching destinations, booking places to stay, organising a route, buying transport tickets, finding travel insurance, deciding how to carry your money.  It’s a daunting to-do list but the more work you put in before hand, the more you will get out of your trip – atleast in the early stages.

Seek personal fulfillment at all times
“The correct motivation is the personal quest for our own individual contentment, achieving that which means most to us. The bar may be high or it may be low, but the path which promises the greatest riches is that which leaves us feeling fulfilled. “

Once upon a time obtaining a university degree was a surefire route to financial success and a life of contentment, but with a BSc or BA appearing on the CV of almost all job applicants these days it seems that the value of education is subject to its own form of inflation.  Many employers now view an MSc as the necessary credentials to separate desireable candidates, without which they need not apply.  So many graduates find themselves employed in jobs that realistically speaking have absolutely no call for a degree level education.  It has purely become a way to identify a certain class of candidate.  It has become far too easy to forget the correct motivation for driving us toward achieving our goals.  It is not about reaching a certain level of education, aspiring to a certain level of income, or jumping through hoops to be accepted into a company that we may leave after a year or two because life at the top is not what we thought it was.  The correct motivation is the personal quest for our own individual contentment, achieving that which means most to us.  The bar may be high or it may be low, but the path which promises the greatest riches is that which leaves us feeling fulfilled.  Travel can be a vehicle for developing a greater understanding of our ambitions or simply an ambition in its own right.

This clarity was obtained following extensive travel and wandering.