Yes, the title is in jest. But there is an element of truth in everything. I spend a lot of time on the road and I think it is safe to say that not all of that time is enjoyable. I am sure many people will agree. I love reading about references and I found that humans spend approximately 1/3 of their life sleeping! Considering we also spend 1/3 of our lives working that does not leave much time for fun.
I’m lucky in the sense that most of the time I don’t even feel like I am working. My job involves to much travel that I can pretend that I am on vacation wherever I may be. But the reality is that most of the time I am not in control of this. I still have to go to a specified destination and still have to complete a task for someone else.
This is why I have taken a few steps to grab some time for myself whenever I can. I stumbled across http://gameroommania.com and began reading the best ping pong table reviews on their guide and I took the plunge and purchased one. Since then I have been playing ping pong almost constantly, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone (the ping pong table I purchased can be used solo). It has made me think about how to incorporate more fun into my everyday life.
Every second that I have is mine and mine alone, and I am free to choose what to do with my time. Now much of that time is actually spent sitting 0n a plane, riding in the back of a taxi and getting from destination to destination. This is why I have started doing a few things that not only keep me occupied but also make me feel like I am accomplishing a larger task.
Firstly I have started keeping a diary. I read some notes on how to keep a diary to get me started. I am also hoping it well help with my blogging skills. Sometimes I feel like my writing sucks and I also get nervous about people reading this! My life is literally on display for the world to see, and whilst this is cool it is also scary! A diary is different in that I don’t have to withhold anything. It is for me and me alone. I hope this means I can be myself and feel comfortable expressing how I really feel. I will let you all know how it goes.
I have also started planning things I want to do in each destination before I arrive. Before recently I would pretty much wing it whenever I got to a destination. I would be so focused on work that what I wanted to do would be secondary. This is no longer going to be the case. I work for an organization that just so happens to be based all around the world and requires me to travel. This does not mean that my weekends are no longer my weekends.
Another thing that has helped, although entirely out of my control, is getting older. I can feel myself becoming more mature and less willing to accept other peoples lack of acceptance. I have decided to take control of my own life and do as I please.
This probably sounds pretty standard for most people, and I suppose it is. But for me this is a new revelation and I am excited to start living the way I want.
I have also started cooking! Okay, so for many of you cooking is a chore and the last straw at the end of a long day. It was always like this for me too. But lately, I have started really appreciating good food and the fact that I can make something taste amazing all by myself. It is like doing a science experiment and when done correctly the outcome is better than you could ever have hoped for!
It is also giving me a newfound appreciation for food. It is not only a part of living but a huge part of our culture. It brings people together and creates an almost instant sense of comfort and community. Many people will agree that their fondest memories of their childhood are centered around the dinner table.
Finally and maybe most significantly, I have started to learn a language! I am now half way through a Portuguese course that I downloaded on my phone (god bless technology!). Learning a language is something that I have wanted to do for a long time now and I am so glad that I have finally started. I feel like I am committed now and nothing is going to stop me. Plus it is just so easy to learn using my phone that there really is no excuses.
I guess this is my equivalent to new years resolutions. I am excited about the year ahead and will update you all with my progress.