Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Over the last few months I have been thinking on what I want to do with my life. Or more specifically, how am I going to support myself?
A lot of possibilities have passed by.
- Get back to the Netherlands and get a job. Like the one I had before, but different enough not to be boring immediately.
- Start up my own company in the Netherlands.
- Stay somewhere in South America and get a job there.
And after quite some time of thinking I thought I had it figured out. Go to Peru, find a job somewhat similar to what I did before and live there a happy life for 2 to 5 years.
But something has been nagging in the back of my head.
Some time in the beginning of my trip I stumbled over a very interesting blog post, about why you shouldn’t get a job.
It was part of my thinking about what I wanted. Starting up something for myself was partially inspired by it. And that has been a very serious option for a long time.
But my thoughts were drifting more and more towards staying in South America (Peru, to be exact). And living in a completely different continent and embarking on a completely different way of working were too much at the same time.
But something’s nagging.
Or perhaps a lot of things are.
Doing the things I love. Trying things I never dared before. Developing new skills. Courage. Inspiring. Helping others.
Next to that, Peru is quite cheap (compared to the Netherlands that is). And I will still have a decent amount of savings when I get there. So I can last for a while without earning anything.
So why not do a bunch of other things to see how they work out. Maybe I’ll find something really cool. Maybe it’ll tank. Who knows? Who cares?
I always love to see people performing in the street; I could do street theater. I want to continue with my book. And perhaps there are other “writing” jobs out there? I would enjoy to teach some more Capoeira. Perhaps I could hire myself out as a quantitative consultant (6 years of studying and 6 years of work experience has to be worth something right?). And I’m sure I’ll dream up a number of other crazy ideas when I really get to it.
Not getting a job and just “fiddling around” is scary though! A job is what you should do. It’s what society expects. People without jobs are losers. And more useless thoughts like that…
But, what have I got to loose? Some money (which is not that important). Some time (though I’m sure that trying things out in a strange country will rank high on my list of “things I’m glad I did”).
So, nothing important really.
I’m curious what I will end up doing. But perhaps that’s the most interesting life to live, not knowing what tomorrow will bring?