Cruising the World Before Adulthood

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It is a beautiful thing about being in your early 20s in the 21st century. Gen Y is a generation full of dreamers. We are a generation with the world at our fingertips. If we want to hop on a plane to Asia we can. If we want to work on a farm for a little bit because the thought of a typical 9 to 5 causes you anxiety you are able to. The pressures of joining the workforce post graduation are not as crucial as they once were. I have written about this loads before. Post graduation I had anxiety about moving to New York like the rest of my peers and getting a job working for some sort of magazine or website. I thought that was the “right” or “proper” thing to do. I believed that in order to be “successful” I had to lead the typical route and do the things that society pounds into our brain about what it takes to be successful. Upon the impending date of my college graduation I was torn with what I should do. I knew I always wanted to travel and see the world before I settled down, but I didn’t want to be seen as a failure or a disappointment to my family or peers. Once May 2015 came around I decided to say fuck it. I opted to choose happiness and travel above doing what is perceived to be right.

It is coming up on a year since I’ve graduated and I haven’t slowed down or settled. I have worked on a succulent farm in Maui which ended up being one of the most fun opportunities of my life. Working up on a mountain allowed me to truly learn who I was and what I was truly passionate about. Being away from most modern appliances and technology really opened my eyes to what was really important in life. After three months in Maui I went home to Ohio for some R&R and prepared for Ireland. I was going to come to Ireland, find a job, and just cruise around for a few months. I wanted to be able hang out with my best friend while I could. I was going to work on my writing, hike every chance I get, and throw back some pints. After Ireland I had zero idea what the next move was going to be. I had no idea where I was going to go and that was slightly terrifying. I had my game plan up until September and after that my life was a vast and mysterious ocean waiting to be explored. Did I want to continue on the road? Or did I want to settle down and start into adulthood?  Okay okay I know I have settled here in Ireland and have a solid job and a house, but it is not the “norm.” I have finally chosen that even though I was supposed to stay only until September… why not use my visa to its fullest. I had no clue what my next move was so instead of stressing about figuring it all out by September I might as well stay for a little longer.

Ireland has provided such an unreal experience with some of the most positive vibes. It is completely different from my time in Maui, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I cannot wait to spend an extra two months here. I can’t wait to go on a Eurotrip and see this beautiful and historic continent. At this point in my life I find it positively refreshing that I don’t have the stresses of the everyday life. I am so stoked that I am able to decide to live in Ireland an extra two months just because I don’t know what the next move should be. I am so stoked that in my “line of work” cruising around is completely acceptable. I love living a life where if I have a gut instinct to go somewhere then I just go. It might not be life of complete luxury, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. As the old saying goes, I have no idea where I’m going from here, but I know it is going to be a good ride. Here’s to many more years of travels and trying to adult to the best of my ability.

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