Some are disillusioned with their previous careers or their recently earned Master’s or PhD, or still ‘don’t know what to do when they grow up’.
One Australian couple was both between jobs and decided to take a tour of the world in 18 months, while they had the chance.
One lady, around 30, said she’s not sure what she’s looking for, but will know when she finds it. My natural curiosity took over, “Are you following the crusts of bread in the forest?”
“Well, if I don’t know where to go, at least it might be a clue,” she jumped in. Exactly. I encouraged her to do just that. Truth is, she’s on the right track, full of curiosity.
When one is lost in the forest, he sooner finds his way out by looking for clues. Chasing butterflies might lead you to the flowers in the meadow. If there’s a fallen tree in the path, it might be an opportunity to choose another path. Sometimes the clues are just a mention of a place to visit from someone at the next table at a café. How do we know when to listen? … If it sounds enticing, if your childlike curiosity perks up, go for it. What do you have to lose? You have endless possibilities of what to gain.
I’ve always heard that when a door closes, another one opens up. It’s true. However, I found it more likely that the other door has been open for a while, and the first door had to close or we wouldn’t have found the open door in the first place. Why would you look if you’re perfectly happy where you are now? Sometimes it pays to look out the window and see what’s there. Following your heart on little adventures on weekends and holidays often lead us to what our soul is searching for. If you find something that makes you happy for now, you’ve lost nothing. It might lead you to something greater. If not, at least you had fun while you were there.
Make the most of your life when you can. Seize every opportunity to follow the rainbow. You’ll never know what’s around the corner until you start to look.