My Day to Day Life: Figuring Out What A Digital Nomad Actually Is.
Considering becoming a Digital Nomad is a huge step.
Our species is on the cusp of something amazing. We are on the cusp of being able to integrate technology, culture, and biology into one seamless, unique person, but we are stuck in the old ways. We are still in the mindset of “I need a stable 9-5 job in order to be successful” when in reality, with the invention of things like computers and the internet, our success can literally be what we make it. This scares some people. It is human nature to stick to what we know, and stay inside the comfort zone. We don’t like change; we do our best to resist it at all costs, but every once in a while, someone is born who destroys these stereotypes. We call these people several things: Crazy, trailblazers, unique, or social rejects. They don’t conform to what we consider the norm, so we tend to ostracize.
I want to document the entire experience, so someday when I’m older I can have something to look back on and say “Yep, I did that. It was amazing.” I also want to have a rather comprehensive guide to the steps I took to get where I will eventually be so I can help guide someone else who was in the same spot as me. I don’t want to use the word “mentor”, but that’s essentially what I mean.
I’ve been having some trouble figuring out where I belong in the world of online work.
I’ve been thinking social media marketing and SEO (Search Engine Optimization), but I’ve got a lot to learn as these fields are always changing, always growing. There is a lot to learn, and it’s never the same from one moment to another.
I have this dream of actually being out in the world while working. You know the deal: Earning an income from various locations around the world, completely dependant on the laptop for work instead of rooted down to one place of employment. They call it being a Digital Nomad, and what it really boils down to is being a freelancer who generates their own clients and their own work while specializing in a certain aspect of online life.
This blog post was created to show where I am in the process of converting solely to laptop work. Right now: I’m looking at options and weighing choices in order to figure out where I need to be, and in some cases, I’m checking out certain websites for actual work. Hey, I’ve gotta start somewhere, right? If I’m going to do this, I need to build experience and I need a portfolio. Who knows, by the time I’m done school, I may be ready to strike it out on my own, and I’ll be able to put some of my school work into my portfolio.
The freedom of being a digital nomad is extremely alluring but has some pitfalls.
Being able to make your own hours, decide where you want to do that day’s work, and deciding where you want to spend the next few months. On top of that, there’s also the fact that you need to be extremely self-motivated and you need to be able to keep up on tasks. The ability to multitask and schedule is extremely important.
You need to be able to deliver what you say you are going to. To put it in old-fashioned language: “Your word is your bond”. If you say you’re going to do something, you need to be able to deliver, or no one will be willing to work with you.
You need to have the ability to be financially responsible. This is something I’m working very hard on. For most of my life, I’ve had a spending problem, but thanks to the influence of one of my partners, I’m slowly gaining the ability to set money aside and not spend it unless I need to. I’m slowly digging myself out of debt, and I couldn’t be happier with the results thus far. Over the next year or so, I’m going to attempt to start tracking my finances in an effort to find out exactly where I stand.
Why pursue this avenue?
As I mentioned in another post, I have an insatiable need to travel. For me, home is generally on the road. I feel happiest when I’m traveling, and I feel that unless I try to see as much as I can, I’m going to leave this life fairly unhappy. For me, digital nomadry just makes sense.
But that’s not all there is to it. I’m a trailblazer.
Years from now, if someone comes to me for advice and guidance on how to get started, I want to leave a solid breadcrumb trail for them to follow. Conventional life isn’t for everyone, and seeing as our society is essentially a biotechnological species, this path only seems natural. I want to be able to draw someone a roadmap so that when they go out into the world, they have some idea of what to expect.
Welcome to the inside of my head. It’s confusing as hell, but I feel like these blog posts will be able to help me straighten things out and figure out who I am, where I want to go and what I want to do.
Until next time:
See you on the trails.