What happens when you follow your personal legend?
When you go after what you want?
You get it.
Dun dun dun…. I resigned from my IT consulting position and quit climbing the corporate ladder. I am an independent contractor and my current ongoing project allows me to work + travel — ultimately being location-independent! Guess the current buzz word for it is “digital nomad.”
It’s pretty obvious that one of my passions is to TRAVEL. My former work situation (like most of us in the US) only allows a few weeks of vacation a year. This makes the idea of frequent travel or mobility pretty much out of the question.
Last year, I was having lunch with my coworkers at a Chinese restaurant. At the end of the meal, I cracked open my fortune cookie and read it.
“You will travel far and wide, both pleasure and business.”
I kept it and taped it to my work laptop. As a reminder with a dash of hope that one day, that fortune would be truth. Somehow, I’d make it real. I had it in the back of my mind for awhile and sprouted off my seemingly far-fetched goals to friends and family — anybody with enough patience to listen to my blathering. I attended The Blogcademy last August which only spurned more action – such starting & developing this blog!
Anyway, I believe in the idea of finding + following your “Personal Legend.” This was first introduced to me in a fable called The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. My two posts about finding your passions & then going after it were written after reading this book.
“Your Personal Legend is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.”
The author adds that, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” This is the core theme of the book and I believe it in earnest.
Following your personal legend is about having the wisdom to listen your heart, seeing omens that beckon you to follow your life path and chasing crazy dreams.
After receiving the opportunity to go on my first press trip to Malta, the travel bug bit a little harder. I came back even more determined to find ways to live more freely while growing depressed the more I felt constricted. That opportune moment came out of a serendipitous event when I was helping a friend search for an IT job. I came upon a position that was remote, fit my skill set + I met the requirements. I figured, why not apply?
Fast forward to a phone interview, a few Skype interviews, and an in-person meeting. I kicked ass + was offered the position.
It was one of the hardest and easiest decisions of my life. One part of me screamed, “Of course take the dang job!” The other part sat in silence and fear. Fear of the unknown and well, I didn’t hate my job — not at all. My team, the work, and my co-workers are all fabulous people so it wasn’t like I was terribly unhappy but going after more than just enough isn’t a bad idea.
+ CHANGE, here I come.
Am I terrified? ABSO-FREAKIN-LUTELY. But when should fear stop you from doing anything (possibly) worthwhile? Live a little I say. On the flip side, I am EXCITED to venture on a
new chapter in my life. Scratch that. A new book in my life.
I expect things to be a whirlwind of chaos soon but like Alex from AlexinWanderland.com said, “Chasing your dreams is messy but it’s the best kind of chaos.” Follow me and my adventures and mishaps – you will be quite entertained I reckon!