Move

I had lunch with an inspirational young woman the other day. We’ll call her Mari for the sake of this story.

It was one of those first meetings where “hello” turns into a 3-hour lunch, followed by tea and coffee. The coffee was good. But the conversation was better.

“So what exactly keeps you busy here in La Paz?”

“I’m in business management. But I don’t like it. I hate it.

Hate. That’s a mighty strong word, it is. I try not to use it—ever. I strongly dislike some things, yes. I even strongly dislike some people. But I can’t say I truly hate anyone or anything.

Mari hates her job.

“And what are you going to do about that?”

“I’m going to move to Buenos Aires and become a chef.”

Now that, my friends, is an inspiring answer. This girl doesn’t like her situation, so she’s going to change it. Not one day. Not even next year. She’s doing it right now. She understands that friends and family are just a phone call, or at the very worst, a flight, away. She doesn’t know exactly how she’s going to become a culinary mastermind in this foreign city, but the door is open and she’s prepared to walk through it and pursue her dream.

Life is too short to do shit you hate. (Gary Vaynerchuk has a great to-the-point video on this topic. You should watch it.)

I have another travel buddy named Matt. If we’re being completely honest, I’ve never actually met Matt, per say, but I know we’re brothers at heart. Matt and I are meeting in Dubai later this year to go skydiving. I can think of no better way to kick off a friendship.

Matt has lived in London for years. He woke up a few weeks ago and found himself tired of the perpetual rainfall. So he moved. To Turkey. Why? Because nothing was stopping him.

If you don’t like where you find yourself today, then move. Millions of people do it every year.

At the end of the day, you can always go home.