I'm an Australian guy who is living his dream. For a long time I have wanted to take a road trip of epic proportions, living a life of adventure and passion. After building a life for myself in Brisbane, Australia, I felt that I couldn't ever make good on this dream of mine. I was engaged to a wonderful woman, had a successful business and was well entrenched in life there. Slowly, things started to change for me. My fiancee and I broke up (and luckily remained close friends) and I got my own rental place where I had the freedom to experiment with some new found passions for living sustainably and off the grid. I rigged my house up to run on solar power, I started growing my own food in a container garden and also designed and built a vertical aquaponics garden on the side of my house. All this in a rental...
I was steadily going on with my life, loving what I was doing but also unhappy for - at the time - unknown reasons. The catalyst for change came when I was in a struggle with depression and an existential crisis. My Grandad passed away unexpectedly.
Somehow, in the midst of getting drunk excessively (after not doing so for almost 3 years), I realised something...
My Grandad lived an amazing life. The very fact that not only our entire family, but everyone that knew him - doctors, pharmacists, golfing friends, etc. - were devestated by his loss was a testament to his character. You would have to search far and wide to find anyone who would say a word against him.
I wanted to live a life like he did. I didn't want a life of mediocrity. I wanted to be the kind of person that had a positive impact on the world like my Grandad did.
So I broke through my depression and made a decision to change my life completely. I decided to go travelling. Not just a few weeks on holiday, staying in hotels. But really travelling. An open ended ticket with flexible plans and ideas where I could follow my heart and see the world in an authentic way.
Less than 6 months later I was sitting on a plane, leaving Brisbane for who knows how long. I had closed my business, sold or donated almost everything I owned and made good on my comittment to change my life.
So that's where I am now. In the midst of this epic adventure that I thought I could never do, having the time of my life and being my true and authentic self. I've grown so much and learnt lessons I never would have learnt in 10 lifetimes living a comfortable life without travelling. I'm becoming the person that I am destined to be. A person who is positively impacting the world in more ways than I ever thought I could.
And when death does take me whether in 1 month or 80 years... I hope my life can be an inspiration to someone else to go out and live a life of adventure, following their dreams, and making the world a better place.