Before our adventure began the direction our life was taking had come about without too much involvement from us: school to university to work.....mostly taking the path of least resistance based on what seemed normal and conventional at the time. Each step pigeon holed us further into a narrower and narrower place in the world, without us ever stepping back to question it. Yet now we feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity, the space to step back and ask ourselves how we might instead use what skills and talents we have in a direction we feel much more passionate about, instead of feeling like we need to spend our days getting by and living for the promise of something better.....in the future. We've learnt so much about ourselves and about topics that really move us in the past 6 months especially that we have a growing feeling that many of the ingredients to set out on a new direction are coming together, we just need to listen.
We could have used the break after my illness as a discrete 'gap' to patch ourselves up, recover our energies and then slot back in where we had left off. Maybe this is what we were unconsciously doing last year when we were in our mad, crazy explorer mode. Life felt too short and all we wanted to do was see more things thinking this would make us happy, which it did for a while. But having had the chance to continue travelling, and having gotten feelings of restriction out of our system last year, we've been becoming increasingly aware that we need to find direction once more, but a direction aligned with what really moves us. We used to be jealous and cynical of people who claimed they loved their work and couldn't understand why they would 'work' for apparently so little (if any) financial return. We've heard it said, your ideal job is the one you'd pay to do which was just too far outside of our scope of experience. Work was for money, which we then used to do the things which made us happy like sport, holidays, even volunteering etc. but on our terms.
This year we were fortunate to meet many people, working in ways that truly fulfilled them because they felt they were giving back to their community, many of them leaving much more lucrative and prestigious careers behind to do so. What they were now 'getting in return' was priceless. This guided us, but more than seeing other people living this way, it's been awakening a deep calling within us as well to try and find our new direction. Coupled with some inspirational moments and other timely meetings and signposts we're starting to create and explore our new directions. That's not to say we have any regrets either because were it not for the first 30 odd years being the way they were, we wouldn't have either a contrast to help us see the signposts and also have the means to explore other life directions in the way we are.
This is still a challenge of course, but a challenge of a completely different kind to touring and one which we might not have encountered if events hadn't guided us back to familiar places after all.