Mooie tekst // Did you know?

Hij werd gisteren al gedeeld op Facebook, maar dit verhaal vind ik zo mooi en inspirerend, dat ‘ie een vast plekje verdient op de website:

“Did you know, that you can quit your job and you can leave university?

You aren’t legally required to have a degree; it’s not the law. You can sell your condo, your can give up your apartment; you can even sell your vehicle, and all your things that are rather unnecessary.
You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth; you don’t need a high paying job.

You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can give up your morning coffee. You can give up cable TV, internet even. The list is endless: You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can triumph over your fears by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel.

Maybe you just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more.
This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires the most.

But please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country. You probably live in a first world country. So please say to me: “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me, and I’m putting them first”, not ‘I’m dying to travel but I can’t”.

You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society.

Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s true desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t.

And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home to see the world and ended up regretting it. None.

Only people who have grown old and regretted never travelling, regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there must be so much more to life.“

– Unknown, but damn inspiring.