When I first started university, it was awesome! Learning new things, meeting new people, a sense of freedom. Wow!After six years however it had started to pale; classes got more convoluted and less useful, the city I was living in was getting smaller by the day (it seemed) and there was this lure of a something called a “job”, which though it had some definite downsides, it promised the possibility of being able to buy a beer the entire month (as opposed to only during the first 3 weeks, after which which I had only enough money left for food…)!
So I got a job. And it was awesome! New things to learn, new people to meet, enough money to buy as many beers as I wanted, no matter the date!
Until the downsides became apparent: Too much travel, working on stuff that was uninteresting, working in a culture that made me slightly nauseous.
Luckily, you’re allowed to trade in one job for the other. And I did. Again, it was awesome! The people were new, the challenges exciting. Until they weren’t; the projects became more-of-the-same, the people weren’t inspiring anymore.
After trying twice with a “normal” job, I thought I’d wisen up: I’d do something completely different! That is, I became a freelancer. Which was awesome! New skills to learn, new people to meet, new problems to tackle!
Three years in and the cracks are starting to show. New and different cracks than what I’d seen before, but they’re definitely there: Never being part of a team, spending my time pushing numbers back and forth (in an extremely complicated way, mind you), doing stuff that in the end doesn’t make a real difference on the world one way or another.
Now, I can see a pattern as well as anybody (especially after I laid it out so nicely in the paragraphs above): This too will become old at one point, and once more I’ll go looking for something new. But for now even just contemplating it, it’s exciting and scary!
The world changes, people change, permanence is an illusion. Sometimes you need to pour yourself into something new. My time is near. When is yours?
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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