I want to lay out my current situation for you and get your thoughts on my plans.
Currently I am living what many would call a very comfortable, stable, safe life in a quiet little suburb near the city.
I am thankful for the safety and stability my parents provided for me in my upbringing and their love and support.
However, this quiet, safe life is about as stimulating as a nap on the couch, and as such very uncomfortable for a man wanting to explore and experience the world.
Even the city I live near lacks life. I often call it a dead city, the main street is practically a ghost town, vacant buildings and corporate offices line what was meant to be a bustling pedestrian and cultural center.
I have dreams of travel. So far I have traveled to 3 different countries and each time my eyes and mind were opened wide.
I have plans to travel this summer and put a pause on school to travel into the fall. If all goes well I will also follow my mother to sunny Florida which will mostly likely be my new home base.
I often feel that my lack of motivation comes from my basic needs not being met (unsatisfied with living situation). Although I am safe, I am bored. It takes 20-30 mins to get to the city where I shop for food, meet women and attend events. This means time, money and energy spent just to get to a "dead city."
I have visited cities where a moments walk gets you to all of these. Along the way having opportunities to meet and mingle with people.
Travel, in my opinion, offers more for growth and learning than any classroom. My parents hound me all the time about my future plans. I tell them, "I do not know." I think even if I found my dream job, I would be so uncomfortable here that I would go mad.
My parents have scared me out of traveling once already. I had a make shift plan to visit a couple cities and stay with some family in Germany. They constantly cite the dangers of traveling and imply its foolishness, my foolishness.
For me, I believe the answers I seek are in exploration. The mind opening effect of traveling and the network of people I plan to meet is a world of more wealth to me than a degree in whatever I might pick for the sake of picking. I want to make something not work for someone.
I know there are many people who have done this before me and succeeded, most likely with many failures and risk along the way. This is something I am aware of. This is also something I feel such a burning for that while I keep sitting still in this environment I feel its heat. I can either be burned by it or use that passion as fuel which I have used in the past to great success.
So my issue here is a lack of support from friends, family and environment to do what I feel is in my best interest.
That is to experience the world, with all its risks and wonders, to open my mind and help figure out where best I shall live and what best I shall do.
I would like your thoughts on this because I feel you may be able to better clear up my thoughts coming from a similar desire of self growth and propose a better action plan than my parents, whose plan is to just pick something to study and then work up enough money to eventually to travel on holiday.
My plan is to live life by the horns to learn and experience while I am young and unrestricted by major responsibilities other than my own well being.
This plan needs work but that is where a support group may assist me.
This video partly helped me realize the importance of a support group.
-How to find and do work you love: Scott Dinsmore at TEDxGoldenGatePark (2D)- on youtube
P.s. Please feel free to lay on any criticism. I will more offended if you hold back!