girl travelling over the grand canyon

When I get a job, I want to travel; when I travel I want to get a job.  The cycle is endless, the possibilities are endless. It’s strange how your brain tricks you into wanting what you don’t have…  There seems to be both a pull and push to how people perceive their lives on social networks and  we need to put some perspective around it. On Facebook during the summer, people are competing with each other on who has the best selfie against the biggest, boldest mountain or sunset across Vietnam, India, Bali. There’s also a twinge of jealously that lingers within everyone. Whilst on LinkedIn you’re competing with whose career has progressed the most since you last saw them graduate from University. Which title sounds like fanciest, who works for the FTSE top 250 and who has their own start-up before the age of 25. The all-familiar twinge returns. If you’re like me and often flick between the two social sites, you’re  in a dilemma about what mouth to feed from.

Some suggest it would be sufficient to block yourself off social media altogether to live the enlightened life you truly want. I’ve had advice from many to ‘stop competing with others, be true to yourself’, but there’s a fear of ‘missing out’. In this Western world you can’t disconnect wholly without appearing aloof from your friends and family.

I’m not saying there’s a definite correlation  between social media and how you live your life – for me personally I’ve always wanted a successful career whilst aiming to explore every country before the age of 30. (I already did every continent bar Antarctica at the age of 21). It’s just finding the right balance.

My solution: find a job that lets you travel.  This could mean anything from freelancing and working from your laptop on  a beach in Phuket to getting a graduate scheme that promises to relocate you.  Even better:  plan your job around your holidays. This will surely satisfy your insatiable craving for wanderlust as well as career development.  Of course, this is easier said than done. It takes a lot of hard work and luck in the beginning to get there. One thing is for sure, we’re lucky enough to present ourselves in an age away from the familiar Industrial Revolution setting and into an recently discovered  modern entrepreneurial culture.  I’m heading there now actually, so I’ll let you know what happens along the way.

This is my first post on Linkedin. Find me on there – LinkedIn

Zoe Faircloth

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