I read lots and lots of blogs about how you should ‘travel while you’re young’, which implies that traveling as an older person is not something that most folks can (or should) do. It logically follows that traveling young is what you do ‘before life starts’.
As the typical Western narrative tells it, “be crazy and adventurous when you are young, then settle down to a ‘normal’ life, raise a family and perhaps squeeze in some time near the end for a last chance at reliving your ‘glory days’.”
To a certain extent, that’s a true story – if you believe the traditional way that Westen European and American business has always been done. The beauty of the modern world is that business has changed. No longer must you sit in an endless line of cars or crowded commuter train to trudge into an office full of mundane, kitschy decorated cubicles. Plenty of good paying, career oriented jobs exist for those who never want to set foot in an office again.
Mine is – I should think – the last generation of Americans who are tied to the old narrative. I rode the cusp of the wave out of the paper world, through technology enablement and eventually to digital liberation. I have had offers to work in a ‘real’ office…and just cannot accept them.
I don’t know about everyone else. I do know about my own personal journey to where I am today. My path is not one most people would choose, but in the end I’ve had a great ride so far!