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Thinking of making a change

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ShakyMetal
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2015/02/19 20:58:06 (permalink)
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Thinking of making a change

I've had poorly paid jobs and wasn't happy. I've had low-stress fairly well paid jobs and wasn't happy. I'm in a moderately stressful decent paying job and I'm still not happy. I've spent the last 5 years building my career to get to the point I'm at now, and now I've achieved my goal I'm kinda like, "what next?"
 
I'm thinking of selling up and spending the next few years finding my calling by simply going abroad and doing other things. Such as TEFL in China, volunteering in the African safari, coaching in the US, backpacking around South America, anything and everything really, just trying things and seeing where I end up.
 
Any thoughts, advice? I'm 32, no family or ties. I would like a wife and family one day but I've got this far without ever coming close to any of that. I guess I'm at a sticking point in my life and not sure if to flip it on its head.
 
The quote, "one day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it's worth watching", is really pertinent to me, reading it recently made me readdress things.
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    Floydy
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/19 22:20:14 (permalink)
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    Mate. If you can afford it, do this.
    You have no ties and it will only ever happen once. Go for it and enjoy yourself.
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    brittas
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/20 09:40:17 (permalink)
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    If I was in your shoes I'd be off.
     
    I'm 38 and recently split with my wife and if it wasn't for the kids (not that I resent them in any way), I'd be off to the far corners of the world.
     
    I feel like I've spent the last 10 years slogging my guts out at work to provide for my family, and I'm very tempted to jack my career in and do something totally different now.  Only local as I need to be around for the kids.  No idea what, but train as a nurse or something totally different.
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/20 12:44:11 (permalink)
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    Go for it mate... You know even if you decide to come back and start again you'll have a fantastic journey on the way. As a mate if mine says "die with experiences not dreams"

    Be positive and go for it!

    In my head it makes perfect sense, a cautionary tale of sitting on a fence...
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/20 15:38:53 (permalink)
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    ShakyMetal
    I've had poorly paid jobs and wasn't happy. I've had low-stress fairly well paid jobs and wasn't happy. I'm in a moderately stressful decent paying job and I'm still not happy.


    I would've thought the logical next step would be a very stressful very well paying job...have you considered that??

    Nah in all seriousness I'd say go for it. I never really took the chance to travel and see the world back when most people I know were doing it (during and after college), and now I've got a few ties here which make prolonged travel a bit unfeasible. Make the most of it.

    "Be adequate"
     
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    inflames27
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/20 16:12:02 (permalink)
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    Go for it whilst you can mate, before you get tired down, see the world and find yourself.  
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/20 16:17:53 (permalink)
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    Do it ! While you can. 
    "It is always better to regret something that you have done rather than something you haven`t done"
     
    If anyone tries to persuade not to do it they are just being envious of your opportunity.  
    post edited by Dumbat - 2015/02/20 16:19:35

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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/20 19:09:14 (permalink)
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    DO IT !!!
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/20 19:23:26 (permalink)
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    Dumbat

    Do it ! While you can. 

    "It is always better to regret something that you have done rather than something you haven`t done"

      



    Like unprotected sex in Nigeria??

    Sounds great and I would go for it. The travel not the sex.
    1 question though. Do you have any security for as you get older?



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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/21 11:15:15 (permalink)
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    Do it. 
     
    Packing up and shipping out was the best thing I'd ever done.
     
    I hear S. Korea and Taiwan are good places to teach English if you are interested in that. 
     
    http://thethousandthgirl.com/cost-living-taipei/
    http://nomadicsamuel.com/teaching-english/teach-english-in-taiwan-esl-bamboo-butterfly
     
    If you fancy starting an online business or source of income then Chiang Mai is a popular choice with people just starting out making money online:
    http://jetsetcitizen.com/cheap-travel/chiang-mai-digital-nomad/
    http://www.thrillingheroics.com/chiang-mai-thailand-digital-nomad
    http://www.johnnyfd.com/
     
    To see the cost of living in various places around the world, have a look here:
    https://nomadlist.com/chiang-mai-thailand
     
    Good luck!
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    Boss Redd
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/21 11:37:28 (permalink)
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    Fly my child, fly.

    I do a lot of push ups and sit ups. And I drink plenty of milk.

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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/21 17:13:50 (permalink)
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    Get gone mate, I know of very few people that have had this opportunity but so many that talk about it but never quite do it.
     
    My only concern personally would be if I did return home after a year, 2 3 4 years etc with nothing but experience under my belt I'd be a little pissed off that I'd worked years and had nothing to show for it.  
     
    If I was to do it personally I'd probably buy a few terrace houses before I went, leave them with a member of family to manage and slowly pay off so at least you have 'something' back here in the uk.  Worst case if you never come back, sell them and it's extra spending money lol
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/25 12:58:56 (permalink)
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    Go for it mate, there's a whole world to see out there.
     
    You'll regret it if you don't go whilst you had the chance.
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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/25 13:27:59 (permalink)
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    Enrich your life as much as you possibly can.
     
    Take in as much of the world as you can, you will never regret it.  A lot of things are said on peoples deathbeds but no one ever said I saw to much of the world and had to much sex :)
     
    (unless they met a monkey in Africa in the 80s :)



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    Re: Thinking of making a change 2015/02/25 14:08:23 (permalink)
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    I did exactly this in 2007, came back in 2012 a much happier & content bloke. 
     
    I'm a qualified electrician & SCUBA diving instructor so I knew I could work pretty much anywhere, if you have a trade & skills that can earn you money you can stay for as long as you like. Otherwise it is super expensive.
     
    I'm 32 now and getting married next year, something I don't think I'd have been able to do if I still had the what if question bouncing around in my head.
     
    It will be the best thing you've ever done. Sometimes it will be lonely, sometimes you'll just want to be alone but one thing is for sure it will be an experience you'll be able to tell of for the rest of your life.
     
    One thing my dad said to me when I was feeling somewhat homesick was "son, stay out there. don't cut things short, get the most from life. Remember, memories are better than dreams" This has stuck with me since that day and I still go by this advice now.
     
    If you want something - do it, if you regret it - so what, at least you know you regret it. It's better to regret doing something than to regret not doing it. Apart from crime I guess!!
     
    Any questions you have feel free to give me a shout bud.
     
    Andy
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