We are slowly adjusting to the routine of this new life. We travel about 3 weeks out of each month and are home most weekends. We had flown frequently before, but it has become commonplace now. Once we worked little bugs out of packing and other small details, it began to run rather smoothly. It still feels incredibly odd to both of us not to be part of the typical work day routine. However, we are meeting more and more people as we travel who also don’t follow the typical routine. I love talking with other people from all over the country who are also exploring some form of alternative lifestyle. I am learning the numbers of people like us is rapidly growing.
I have been exploring remote employment and learned there are many legitimate companies out there who have no qualms about hiring someone who roams around the country all the time. In this age of rapidly evolving technology, it makes a great deal of sense. We are all “connected” every day via laptops, iPhones, etc. so the chance to make a living that way is also growing.
This is a blog by Seth Godin. He makes so much sense sometimes it’s scary!
Risk, Fear and Worry. They’re not the same.
Risk is all around us. When we encounter potential points of failure, we’re face to face with risk. And nothing courts risk more than art, the desire to do something for the first time–to make a difference.
Fear is a natural reaction to risk. While risk is real and external, fear exists only in our imagination. Fear is the workout we give ourselves imagining what will happen if things don’t work out.
And worry? Worry is the hard work of actively (and mentally) working against the fear. Worry is our effort to imagine every possible way to avoid the outcome that is causing us fear, and failing that, to survive the thing that we fear if it comes to fruition.
If you’ve persuaded yourself that risk is sufficient cause for fear, and that fear is sufficient cause for worry, you’re in for some long nights and soon you’ll abandon your art out of exhaustion. On the other hand, you can choose to see the three as completely separate phenomena, and realize that it’s possible to have risk (a good thing) without delibilitating fear or its best friend, obsessive worry.
Separate first, eliminate false causation, then go ahead and do your best work.
I’ve been thinking about how to express the experience of leaving the mainstream workplace. So far it’s been quite the emotional struggle for balance. I don’t mean emotional in the negative sense. I mean emotional in the sense that we are programmed from childhood to live in a robotic state. Trying to shut off the robot mentality is quite…well…strange. I find myself feeling rushed as I did for many years…feeling like I must answer to someone…feeling on guard…then it dawns on me…I don’t need to now. It isn’t long until that feeling comes back again making me feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster. I think this will pass as time goes on and my brain finally registers the change and my habitual thinking patterns are reprogrammed.
Another strange phenomenon of this change is other people’s reactions. Oddly enough, the first question they ask is if John’s company will pay for me to travel with him. Of course not. I find this question quite rude and obtrusive. If someone I knew came to me and told they had such an unusual opportunity, I would be very happy for them and the money part would be the least of my concern. We can sense an immediate nastiness emanating from most people on the subject. Not gettin’ it. In the end I believe it stems from their fear of making any kind of change in their own lives. People find security in sameness and routine even if they hate it. The only way out is to jump off a cliff and take a leap of faith. We have jumped. Now we’ll see where we land. Wherever this leap lands will be better than staying in a situation that drains the spirit. I hope what others read on this blog will inspire them to do the same in whatever capacity is right for them.