You Don’t Have To Do What Everyone Else Is Doing

This seems like a fairly simple concept but it’s much harder to break than most people realize.

When I was younger, like most kids, all I wanted to do was be like everyone else. As I grew older I started to acknowledge the fact that I hated some of the things I was feigning interest in but was too scared to change my ways so I carried on wearing Abercrombie and listening to Dave Matthews Band.

Slowly but surely I started to drop the things I hated and began to explore my own interests. It was a work in progress but I was on my way to figuring out exactly who I was.

With each passing year I continued to change and become more comfortable in my own skin. Perhaps the biggest change was that I stopped giving a crap if my interests and views did not align with ALL of my friends.

I was content with who I had become.

Then one day it hit me.

I had only settled into my present day self.

When I began to look forward to all the things that are supposed to come: marriage, kids, house, etc. I realized that none of that really excited me. It seemed like these life events excited a lot of people, which made me happy for them, but I was having a hard time picturing myself living this life.

I started to feel pressure to fit in all the things I wanted to do before “I had to” get married, have kids, and buy a house. It was a shockingly long time before I realized I did not have to follow this path. I was free to do whatever I wanted, even if that meant getting married at 37, not having kids, and maintaining random, flexible jobs that allowed me to travel around the world well into my thirties. This plan, or lack thereof, set my soul on fire with excitement.

This excitement was quickly met with a feeling of doubt. All I had were a handful of bloggers and Instagram accounts as proof that there were other paths to follow. Who am I to break this mold? Are these bloggers and Instagram accounts that I admired even real people?

Regardless, I knew I was moving forward with my new plan, in spite of my doubt, so I began to put those vibes out into the universe.

Shortly after, the craziest thing started happening. My life was flooded with people and opportunities that aligned with my new path. This made the fire in my soul burn even brighter.

So here I am, 28 years old. I currently live in California and have decided to move to Australia. At the moment I do not have a job or a home in Australia. What I do have is a one way ticket, a visa, and a perfectly content soul.

The purpose of my blog is to inspire you to follow your dream and make decisions based on what sets your soul on fire, even if it scares you. Maybe your thing is to up and move to another country, maybe it’s to buy your dream house, or work up the courage to propose to the love of your life. Whatever it is, I support you wholeheartedly in your journey. Yes, my journey is a bit unconventional but that does not mean the more conventional path is any less exciting. We all must do what is best for us. Given that we are individuals, this will vary.

I believe you stumbled on this blog for a reason. I hope you stick around and do wonderful things. Leave your comments below, I always love to hear from you!

Love & light,

Annie

2 thoughts on “You Don’t Have To Do What Everyone Else Is Doing

  1. This should be the motto of the world, and it so appropriate for my life right now. Your path is inspiration for me! Can’t wait to follow your journey.

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