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Reflexions and observations of a single man exploring the world at human speed.
|Posted by: HoboSylvain | 2012-10-25 05:55:53 | Lachine, Quebec, Canada|
Keywords: dream to reality
|Enjoying viewing the wonders of the world I always dreamt to travel full-time. I thought it would be possible only if I won the lotto. Then a series of events made me realize it wasnít necessary to win the jackpot to realize my dream. Hereís what allowed me to change my life over and live my dream.|
Coming from a poor family, I never even travelled during vacations. I considered couples going South (usually Florida, Cuba or Mexico for Quebecers) for a week during the winter as rich people. Another factor that led me to think that travels werenít for me was the fact I kept moving a lot with my divorced mother all through my childhood, which in a way made the idea of travelling less appealing, I was looking for stability. Due to our moves, we didnít have any friends for a long period and no one who was travelling. So, even if I was curious and read tons of books about the wonders of the world when I was a kid, I never thought it was something possible for me.
Even when I began to work and live on my own, I was still earning near minimum wage and I was more in survival mode then in dream realization. I returned to school to get my bachelorís degree (in computing science) at the university. After developing some Internet friendships, I decided to make a big jump and make my first trip ever. It was my first plane trip (to St.Louis)... and I was 29. Not to help me enjoy traveling I caught a virus in the plane and I spent my whole week sick as a horse in my hotel room.
After I graduated, I worked for a few small companies before being a freelance programmer. I didnít earn a lot of money, and I was still in survival mode with what I saw as a huge debt that would take me forever to reimburse. That amount wasnít that huge (about $16,000) but compared to my revenues it was enormous. After a few years of being self-employed, I decided to join a large company in a non-programmer capacity. On the verge of a depression, I needed to turn my brain off and that initial call center rep position was what I needed then. I then graduated within the company over the 9 years I worked for it.
I began earning good money, way enough to put out of the survival mode. But I didnít know to deal with my finances, never made a budget and never had a plan or vision. I was still living from paycheck to paycheck. I used all my liquidity to do minimal payments on credit cards, loans and other debts. With my new earnings, I moved into a larger apartment and I kept on buying things to compensate all what I didnít have before. I got a kind of empty satisfaction and false security feelings from all my purchases.
Even if my credit cards were loaded, I felt richer than I ever was... confusing credit with riches, and I slowly began thinking about travels.
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