OK, so dreams really can come true. I know this because I am living my dream today, and loving every single minute. Sometimes I do have to pinch myself to be sure that this is reality, and not some fantasy that is going to end at any moment.
But to understand my dream life, you first have to understand my previous lifestyle. Not so long ago now, I was a commuter living in the South-East of England. My daily commute into work was a two-hour trudge through London traffic – each way – that was exhausting and eating up big chunks of my life. My job had become boring and tedious after years of doing the same old thing, and I was fed up to the back teeth of seeing the same faces in the office every day.
And that was only part of the problem. Even though I was earning good money by any standards, the astronomical cost of living near London meant I was still living hand to mouth. By the time I had covered the mortgage payment, the car payment, insurance, utilities and other bills, there was little money left for food and necessities. My entertainment budget was good for maybe a couple of cinema tickets a month, and that was about it.
I needed to escape. I knew that there had to be a better way to live life than struggling through each month and just about getting by. I was fed up with the rain and cold weather that England specializes in, and I was desperate to break free from the shackles that were restraining my life.
It was time for a new life…one that was completely different, and worth living every second.
So one day I took the plunge and quit my job to become a full-time freelancer. My friends and colleagues howled in derision. They told me I would never make it – I would never have enough work or enough money, and I would soon be looking for another full-time job and climbing back on the treadmill.
The howls of protest got even louder when I told them that I wasn’t just quitting my job – I was quitting the country. I had a dream of living on a tropical island in South East Asia, supporting myself through freelance work and truly living the good life.
“I’ll give you three months,” my old boss said. “Then I bet you will be on the phone begging for your old job back. You will be so broke and miserable that you would do anything to be commuting into London again, even when it’s wet, cold and miserable.”
Well, it’s a good job he didn’t put hard cash down on his bet, or he would have lost the lot. Here I am, just a short time later, living on the beautiful island of Phuket off the coast of mainland Thailand. The weather is warm and sunny nearly all year round, and the beaches are so beautiful it is hard to believe they are real. The Thai people in my community are friendly and welcoming, and even though I only work three days a week on average, my income is sufficient to live a wonderful lifestyle here.
I work flexible hours, and I never have to answer to a boss. If I want to take the day off and go surfing or fishing, I can do just that. If I want to work from my boat whilst lazily sailing around the beautiful islands around Phuket, I can do that, too.
Right now, I have the perfect balance in my life. I enjoy my work, and love creating quality deliverables for my clients. It is fun to be involved in startup projects and major corporate campaigns. I love freelancing over the Internet, and having Skype chats with new and existing customers. But whenever I choose, I can hit the snooze button on any project, kick off my shoes and put my feet up. In fact, I have a hammock in my back yard especially for that purpose.
Better still, I have been fortunate enough to meet a wonderful Thai lady who makes my life complete. I feel happier and more content than at any other time in my life, and every day is a new wonder. Yes, I am truly freelancing from paradise – and loving every moment.
So why am I telling you all this? I promise you that it is not just to brag about how great my life is (although it is truly awesome). My aim is to show you that you can make big changes in your life. You are not trapped in the hamster wheel of the daily commute unless you want to be. If you find yourself longing and dreaming of a new life, then you really can make it happen. The advent of the Internet has changed the world in so many ways. Now it is possible for almost anyone to start a new life as a freelancer, and enjoy greater freedom, quality of life and happiness than they ever thought possible.
If you are stuck in a rut, don’t resign yourself to the inevitable. You have options – and some of them are truly awesome. Now you really can relocate to a tropical paradise where the living is cheap and life is wonderful. You can re-invent yourself and make your dreams come true. All you need is the willingness to make it happen.
So if your life is not working out exactly as you planned, take this opportunity to think again. A few months from now, you could be freelancing from your own vision of paradise, and living the life you have always dreamed of.
Speaking personally, I have found my paradise on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean. For you, paradise might be a log cabin in the mountains, or a house that is nearer the place you truly call home. Maybe you already live in your own paradise, but need more time and flexibility to enjoy it. Whatever it is, freelancing can bring you the freedom and financial independence to make it all happen. Start working on your freelancing career today, and your dreams may come true sooner than you expected.
It worked out great for me…it can work out for you, too. I guarantee it J