It has been a while since my last blog post. 2 years in fact! When I left the UK in 2013 to go backpacking, my plan was to see a bunch of cool s**t and then go and find a job and settle in Australia.
So after 9 months of travelling and with little money left, I headed to Australia to find a new home. If you know me, then you know that things didn’t end there. Dissatisfied with what I had found in Australia I made a plan to return to Asia. That was when I started blogging. You may remember this video?:
I was uncertain of what the future held and thought that I would start up a website and document not only my future travels but also all of the stuff I had already seen in the 9 months prior to arriving in Melbourne. I had many ideas and was hoping that the website would become popular because more website visitors would eventually equal more money!
And so I blogged and blogged. Some posts remain pretty popular and I still get emails to this day asking for advice on particular topics (mainly riding a motorbike through Vietnam!).
And then I stopped.
Why Did I Stop Blogging?
I got a job. A secure constant stream of video editing work. I was very happy with this contract I had landed. Looking back, I’m not sure if it was a blessing or a curse. But after moving from place to place for almost 2 years, it was nice to have a break from all that constant moving.
After I found myself what was quite frankly the nicest apartment I could have ever imagined actually living in, I unpacked all of my stuff from my backpack for the first time in a very long time.
In Kuala Lumpur, apartments like this are not that expensive when compared with western property prices. It also included access to swimming pool, gym and had 24 hour security.
And so now my life was too busy with my new job, new friends, new girlfriend, new hobbies, new apartment and new life to even think about putting pen to paper and start writing again.
As time went by, I found myself becoming more and more frustrated with where I had landed. I felt by accepting this new job that I was killing my creativity and I kept wondering where I would have been had I not taken it. I felt trapped, at a standstill and disappointed with the position I had put myself in.
To cut a long story short, I quit my job. Again.
I was, once again in a position of financial insecurity which although nerve racking, couldn’t have felt better. I was free to let my creativity resurface. That was a few months ago now and luckily I am surviving.
Since I have had no actual job, I have been able to concentrate on my own projects. In case you didn’t realise, I am a video editor and motion graphics designer. I also film and have my own gear, although editing is my main source of income. I am a freelance video editor.
What Have I Learnt?
Financial security won’t make you happy. Don’t sell your soul for a pay cheque.
Do what makes you happy. Money is very nice, and I would love more of it…please send me some! But in all seriousness, you will decay from the inside out if you commit your whole life to something that you don’t enjoy.
Quitting your job is easier than you think. If you quit your job and find that you’re desperate for money then you will find a way to make it. I’m sure you’re reading this with a million excuses why I’m wrong. If you truly don’t enjoy your work then put that same negative, excuse-giving energy into creating a possibility that you could in fact quit and create something better for yourself.
Blogging is therapeutic. Writing down your thoughts on paper is actually quite enjoyable. Most of us are so transfixed to our phone/computer screens reading what other people have written. Why not try to write something for yourself for once? It can be about anything. Who knows – you might even discover a new passion and be able to create a whole new life for yourself.
Since posting up a few of my own videos online and through various other sources, I have had more enquiries for film and editing work in the last couple of months than during the whole time I was working in my last job.
As a freelancer, I have more time to invest in pushing my skills to the next level. I have recently been experimenting with hyperlapses and I have various other filmmaking ideas that I am excited to implement into my future videos.
In future blogs, I will mostly focus on creating new video content and writing about that, as well as posts about my travels and also the lessons I have learned.
I will end this with a link to one of my favourite recent videos which combines a heap of footage that I took whilst travelling, combined with some space graphics and what-not.
Oh and before I forget, I am currently available for editing and/or motion graphics work. Ping me an email if you need any work done. Go on, don’t be shy now. My rates are actually pretty reasonable.