"Life shrinks and expands in direct proportion to your willingness to assume risk."
I mapped out my goals, my timeline in one excel spreadsheet. All I knew was that I had until 22 April 2017 to arrive in Australia. I remember looking at my timeline on my birthday and I had 3 months until I board my one-way flight to Beijing, China.
Life, until this point, was following a golden brick road. This path gave me milestones along the way. Grind it out as an employee, get promoted, grind it out again, get promoted, try to network with people, find a meaningful relationship with a partner, be active, eat healthy, save money, be smart, and most importantly, play it safe.
The path listed above is a standard roadmap for many. But no matter which route you take, life will inevitably kick you in your privates, forcing you to make very difficult decisions in a high stress and very emotional situation. Life will continually pass you by and what I don't want to happen to you is to look back in 5 years or 10 years time and say, "I wish I ..."
Take some time to think about it.
Strive to become a more interesting person by pursuing your favourite hobbies and activities. Strive to become a more interesting person by experiencing new feelings and opening up to others about yourself. All of these will initially make you feel vulnerable, it will allow others to hold information about hidden parts of yourself and it's okay. Part of the process is getting hurt, learning from the mistakes and picking yourself up again.
- When's the last time you had your heart broken?
- When you had a devastating personal failure?
- When was the last time you took a leap of faith in yourself?
- Explored what your values are?
- Confronted the dark sides of your personality?
What you'll come to see after a year, 2 years, 5 years or even 10+ years is seeing how resilient you are and how strong you've become.
Keep on heading up and up!