How many of us wants to do whatever we want and not to be enslaved by the job that we do not always like? Everybody. We see that some people make their dreams come true and we are extremely jealous of their happiness. Yeah, I was too - but only positively! And that's how my journey started.
People seek things they enjoy doing, either as a hobby or a way to live. My thing is yoga – I need to move to feel well, to be in a good mood and I enjoy sharing it with people. I have practiced yoga since 2011 and only last year decided to go for 200h Yoga Teacher Training. What’s kind of funny, I went there for knowledge, I didn’t want to actually teach but this changed half-way through the course. After I got to know fellow students better and we shared the practice, the thoughts, the stories and plans, I thought that would be great to have this kind of bond again. But it wasn’t just a random, spontaneous decision to complete 200h YTT, there’s much more behind it…
After college I worked as hard as necessary for a few years to get a good job - which I did and my position had even a fancy name of Business Data Analyst. And you know what? I felt as though nothing changed. My salary went up, I kept learning a lot from helpful people, the office was pretty...wait, yeah, office - that definitely wasn't my cup of tea. I flew for a quick solo weekend to Faro, Portugal to get some sun before winter.
It was my first solitary trip as I wanted to find out if I could manage being completely alone for 2 days. Guess what? I wasn't alone for longer than 2 hours during the day. I met many other travelers like me and we had a great time together. Among them, there was this Polish girl who lived in UK and we talked about what we want from life. The only thing I knew is that I want to live in warm countries, where I can have enough money to survive and occasionally spoil myself. She gave me an idea of French Caribbean Islands - we all recognize the region and we connect it with the sun, hotness, jungles, sea, waterfalls and beauty. Soon after this I made up my mind. I saved up some money and left for an adventure to Caribbean and Latin America. You already heard this story many times, when someone quits the good job, packs only what's necessary and leaves.
I travelled alone for six months and there were ups and downs, but I would never go back in time to change this decision. I learned about myself and others, I was free to do as I wished, I didn’t have to rely and be let down by anybody. There were so many people crossing my path that I barely ever felt alone, especially because I travelled as a yogi. I volunteered in many places as a teacher and it happened many times that people would come to me after classes just to talk about their life, they would ask for a piece of advice or make jokes about their physical flexibility. There were always people around me, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t feel lonely, though. I did miss home and my friends at that moment but then I started to realize what I really value, what I want to do and how to live. The three questions I never even tried to answer suddenly started to come to light and bother me.
Besides doing yoga-volunteering I worked in other places such as restaurants and private houses. It happened that I couldn’t find a yoga job but it didn’t mean that I didn’t practice. I would meet random backpackers like me, other volunteers and I’d organize meditation meetings, workshops and classes. I hoped my trip was going to change me or my perception of life, people, because before the end of the training I decided to teach all the aspects of yoga I learnt - breathing, asanas, meditation and even chanting! Now it seems like a good plan - travel, practice, teach and learn yoga, get to know new languages. Moreover, after I finished my 6 months trip I saw I was wrong with many things. First of all, it takes time to realize that something is changing. It's a process, not a moment. I was teaching yoga in a hostel which was also a chocolate factory on Ometepe island in Nicaragua. It was my first job as a teacher and I loved it. I became more patient, I let things happen as they come as it just takes too much energy to push something that isn't meant for us. Second of all, if you want something very strongly it will just come to you. Enjoy the present moment and wait patiently. I asked for a teaching opportunity in so many places that I can't name most of them now. Third of all, focus on good things. Never think what bad might happen - rather what good can come.
This trip to other side of the world was a great personal journey that changed me inside and helped me to find myself and the direction I want to follow in my life. I have answered my three pillar questions: what I really value, what I want to do and how to live. I am now inspired to start another adventure and I’m planning my next trip, this time to Asia as a yoga teacher. This is my passion and I have decided this is what I want to do. An important detail is that I’m not setting a return date. I’ll go with the flow and follow my dream by living the lifestyle that makes me happy.
Author: Asia Wasilewska