Yes, you read that correctly and my two weeks completed at work so I am officially JOBLESS.
I have talked about taking this plunge for some time now, the idea always circling in my brain and I have continuously convinced myself that it wasn’t practical and working my life away in retail somehow was. After countless self pep talks and hours of planning I decided to hand in my two weeks. My next destination: Utila, Honduras.
The idea of becoming a Dive Master started forming a year ago on the very same island I am returning to, when I met a few people going through their DM course. Talking with them planted this idea in my mind that I could potentially create a career out of something I loved so dearly, but the fear of the unknown was fantastic at convincing me that I wasn’t at a point in my life where I was ready. The past 3 dive trips I’ve been on (Thailand, Puerto Rico, and Curacao) really solidified the idea in my mind as I talked to some amazing Dive Masters who encouraged me to finally pursue this idea. I wasn’t about to let another year pass me by as I dragged my feet in doing what I knew my heart wanted to do.
After researching to the point where I believed I reached the end of the internet in this search field, I found myself continuously returning to a familiar island and a familiar dive shop. I was only on the island previously for 5 days, but even a year later there is still something pulling me back, possibly the feeling of not completing everything that needed to be done there (i.e. my DM).
Leaving a quality job with a promised income after nearly 4 years to pursue something with no income for the next few months is absolutely terrifying. I blame that fear for the length of time it’s taken for me to actually pursue this, but I am extremely proud to say that with my deposit paid and my 2 weeks completed at work I am well on my way towards my dreams. I don’t think it’s going to be easy, I am prepared to face many challenges and I’m going to have to learn a completely different lifestyle verses what I am used to, but I am ready.
You are told your whole life to chase your dreams and yet so many people get trapped in what’s comfortable and easy to obtain. I have decided that I don’t want to be someone who gets trapped, I want something that brings me such joy on a daily basis, I want something bigger than what I’m currently achieving.
Utila, Honduras is only the first stop. I want to spend the next few months exploring this Earth in more depth than ever before. I am walking away from everything I’ve ever known and conquering this thing called fear. I’ve started referring to this as my permanent vacation, it’s by no means permanent, but it’s a start.
Wish me luck.
Travel on my friends.