During my travels, people always ask me why I’m escaping the “real world”. They accuse me of running away from responsibilities back home. But I’m not running away from anything. I’m creating my own definition of the “real world”.
Who’s to say what the real world is? To some people the real world may be having a desk job, to others, the real world may be working and putting themselves through college, to some it is picking up trash. And to me, the “real world” is every day. I’m not living in an imaginary world. I’m not living in an unreal world. I still have “real world” problems. I just happen to be experiencing them in other parts of the world.
My “real world” may be different from your “real world”, but that does not make it any less real. I work hard every day. I worry about money, every day. I exercise. I budget. I look for new opportunities. I think about my future. And I’m also following my dream. Just like all of you.
Maybe your dream is to get married and raise a wonderful family. Maybe your dream is to run a corporation. Or become rich. Maybe it’s to help people and become a doctor. But that’s not my dream, and that needs to be okay to people.
A met a guy who’s been traveling for four years and he said, “on paper, I may be poor, but I feel rich.” To be rich is not dependent on how much money you have in the bank or how much money you make a year. Rich is different for everyone.
My dream is to travel the world, learn about people’s lives and write about my experiences. And hopefully, one day that’ll turn into a success and maybe it won’t.
My “real world” may look different than your “real world”, but they are both very much real.