In my twenties I would have never thought to live outside the norms, I felt society placed on me.
Growing up, I learned I must go to school, get a job and invest my money for retirement. To think anything differently was irrational and irresponsible.
What if we chose to invest in the experiences of life instead of investing in a future we are not guaranteed we’ll see.
While vacationing in the Indonesian islands, I met a humble young man named Dillon from Sydney, Australia. I happen to start a conversation with him… I know, so unheard of for me. He shared he was currently on a trip with his mother and getting ready to embark on an adventure on his own.
Dillon shared with me his dream and outlook on life.
He knew from a very young age he wanted something different out of life.
At the ripe age of 23, he has managed to save nearly $70,000. He said, “I worked hard, often working two jobs to get where I am today. I think I started at the age of 10, he chuckled. It’s easy for me to save money. I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs and most of my clothes are given to me. I am a minimalist and do not want material things. Things are crap. What do they do for us? Life is meant to be experienced. I see a lot of people attached to their phones and stuck in a rat race. He said I don’t want to be a part of that. It doesn’t mix with my soul, and I wouldn’t be happy doing that.” His eyes brightened when he shared his concept of being free of all material things.
He doesn’t plan on working. He would like to do some volunteer work. Possibly WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), an exchange program providing one service, predominantly room, and board, for another while having an uncommon work experience in a foreign environment.
He said he was nervous traveling on his own but not enough to stop him.