My soul was beaten.
8 months ago, I was siting in my cubicle sulking away while working my soul-sucking 9-5. In the midst of finishing up a project, I stopped and pondered, what the heck am I doing here? This isn’t me. Why am I subjecting myself to this life? This isn’t what I want.
I was swimming, stroking, trying to steadily surface amidst the fog in my mind to find some form of clarity.
I wanted out.
I wanted out of my crappy cubicle job. I wanted out of living with my parents. I wanted out of my dull and one-tracked minded hometown.
I. Just. Wanted. O-U-T!
But…….. I didn’t know how. I only had a little over $300 to my name and my savings account was non existent. I didn’t have anywhere to go……..I didn’t have anywhere to turn. All I knew was that I wanted to travel. I wanted to see the world. I wanted a life of adventure.
So, feeling defeated I went home. I plopped on my bed and began scrolling through my phone trying to find anything that was worth my while all while silently praying for something more.
While scrolling through jobs on my phone, I saw in BIG BOLD letters:
WORK A SUMMER IN ALASKA.
I literally laughed out loud and thought, Why the heck would I go to Alaska?
Do black people even live there?
It’s probably cold and dark all the time.
Nah, I’m good, Alaska is not for me.
I scrolled over the Alaskan job advertisement and began searching for something else, but I couldn’t seem to shake off the thought of moving to Alaska from my head.
For three days, I tried to shimmy and shake Alaska from my mind, but I couldn’t. The decision to just go for it and apply was like an anchor weighing heavy on my heart. So, I decided to do some further research to check to see if the job was even “legit.” When I clicked on the Alaskan job advertisement I was re-directed to a website called Coolworks.com
To my amazement, there, right in front of me, were the words I had been longing to see. In all of its bold glory I read Cool Works catchy slogan: Jobs In Great Places Where Do You Want To Be Tomorrow?
My heart began beating like a thousand drums and my eyes burst open with a shimmering light as I proceeded to navigate my way through the Cool Works website which displayed seasonal jobs from all over the world.
I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled through pages of information and testimony from people of all walks of life and how, they too, were tired of their soul-sucking 9-5’s and how working seasonal life gave them fulfillment and a life of adventure.
From showcasing vacant positions spending a summer in National Parks to working a winter at top notch ski resorts, CoolWorks, did not fail to deliver a slew of epic jobs that catered to every season.
So, I decided to go for it. I submitted an application to a vacant opening in Alaska. Within three days, I was not only interviewed, but also offered a position as a supervisor working for a whale watching tour company. With little hesitation, I quickly accepted and I was told that I had two weeks to report to work.
I had two weeks to quit my 9-5.
I had two-weeks to explain to my family that I was moving across the world.
I had two weeks to book a one way ticket.
During those two weeks, I felt every emotion all at once: fear, joy, anxiety, and excitement, but I knew I wanted a change in my lifestyle and Coolworks opened up that avenue for me.
Booking a one-way ticket and moving to Alaska brought so much joy back into my life. It centered me. It healed me. It rescued me.
So, I’ll leave you with this.
There are some things that you do for Y-O-U. For your satisfaction. For your fulfillment. For your joy. For your mental, emotional, and spiritual health and that is okay. Many people will doubt you and you may even doubt yourself, but do it anyway. Taste something new. Give your life a second chance at experiencing fulfillment. It WILL be scary and it will require a tremendous amount of mental fortitude to step on the other side of fear, but it is necessary for change. It is necessary for growth.
So………what are you waiting for!?
BOOK THE ONE-WAY TICKET !
It is time…….to set yourself free!