• Michael

    I’m definitely envious right now haha. I don’t even know you, but I’m really happy for you. You know what you want to do and you’re doing it. I’m stuck right now. Just got out of the Marines and trying to decide what I want to do/where or if I want to go to college. I don’t want to have a repetitive life. Any advice on where to start?

    • http://scottbold.com/ Scott Bold

      @disqus_wkPmJWhLmM:disqus Thanks michael! Believe me when I say that I don’t have all the answers, not even about what I want to do. Yes, I’m loving what I’m doing now, but there are questions left for the future. The good thing is that questions make life interesting, questions and uncertainty (if you can learn to be comfortable with them).

      My advice for you is to start really looking and yourself and thinking about what you want from life. What do you enjoy doing, what makes you happy, what you want to accomplish, what you want to learn, etc. Come up with some ideas and start thinking about what you are most drawn to now, and also make sure you understand why.

      Once you’ve got a good idea of what you might want to do, try to find ways to try it without committing yourself. You don’t want to just from one commitment (the marines) to another commitment without knowing that it’s what you want. For example, I thought I would like to be a programmer, but after trying it on my own for a few months, I don’t really think it’s right for me. If you are looking to start another career, I would recommend finding people that are doing it and asking them tough questions. See if you can shadow someone. Or if it’s possible, just try it out. Trust me, it’s better than going to school and then getting a job only to find that you hate it.

      Don’t spend too much time worrying about making mistakes though, the important thing is to get out there and expose yourself to new experiences. Doing so will teach you more about yourself and what you want than any amount of thinking or books.

      You don’t have to limit yourself to practical ideas. If you can dream it, you can make it happen. That being said, if I were in your situation, I would avoid 2 things:

      1. Getting into debt. This limits you drastically in the future.
      2. Making a huge commitment without understanding why and really verifying it. (Don’t go to college right away just because you have nothing better to do). Know what you want, test your assumptions, the go for it 100%.

      • Michael

        Thanks for the reply! I really appreciate it. I’m definitely taking a lot of this advice to heart and I’ll see what I can do. I don’t want to have a typical 9-5 job and not accomplish anything in life. I want to create and come up with my own inventions/creations. I’m thinking about going the Computer Science degree path, but I don’t know if I’ll even enjoy it. I just know that I have a lot of ideas that I could bring to life and it be profitable. So many things to take into consideration haha. I’m gonna try to look online for beginner lessons and dive into it without committing to school first.

        On a side note, I know you’re busy, but how’s everything going? I’m assuming you don’t have too many instances where you have an internet connection.

        • http://scottbold.com/ Scott Bold

          Michael, hows it going? I love your idea of getting started small and taking courses for free or cheap if possible. I think the biggest problem people face is getting themselves trapped in a life situation before they are ready for it…which takes away their freedom to explore and find a lifestyle they really love.

          I was really busy on the trip and internet was spotty in places but I can’t blame that on my disappearance from the blog. I just got home and will talk more about it in an upcoming post, but when I was on the trip I was so involved in the experience of the trip that it was difficult for me to consolidate it into what I thought was something useful. I also decided that I wanted to allow myself to just experience the trip without putting the pressure on myself to blog about it. It was just too much at the time and I wanted to have the opportunity to do this thing without the obligation to blog about it or anything. Making that shift was very freeing for me and allowed me to have some personal realizations that I value more than keeping up with the blog in a lot of ways. Though I will say that I definitely miss blogging and there are some things I wish I would have captured on the blog for yours and other readers’ benefits. But that’s what now is for.

          I will resume blogging here on a semi-frequent basis again and on top of that, my girlfriend and I are teaming up on another blog project based on our experiences and what we learned from this trip. I hope you will follow us there when it gets started.

          How are things for you?

          • Michael

            Sorry it took me a bit to get back too! I totally understand taking a break from the blog, I’d rather spend time enjoying my experiences than constantly posting about them. I’m glad you had a good trip! You should definitely post a photo section if you haven’t already from all of your travels. I’ve already signed up for ‘For The Ride’, so I’m sure I’ll be talking to you on there too. I’ve only glanced over it, but it’s definitely aesthetically pleasing. I’ll probably be reading through it somewhat soon.

            Things are going pretty well for me. I just finished my first semester of “real college” towards my Computer Science degree, seeing as how I attended a community college when I was still active haha. Got all A’s! It’s funny because all I really think about now is how much I want to travel and see the world. I’ve never been anywhere other than the US, Mexico, and Canada. I’m hoping to see all seven continents within the next decade. I’m most likely going to take the summer off and I’m trying to decide my best course of action.

            Hopefully everything keeps going well for you two! Back in Wilmington?

          • http://scottbold.com/ Scott Bold

            It’s awesome to hear things going so well for you. Computer science is such a valuable skill in today’s world. That’s really going to help you someday, I’m sure. I remember those days of dreaming about travel and that being all I could think of. It’s great to be excited about the future like that, but if I can share any piece of advice it’s, Be Where You Are. Don’t forget to take advantage of and enjoy fully whatever you have going on in the present moment, otherwise you’ll spend your whole life wishing for the future. I made this mistake too many times :)

            I think my new mantra in life is, “Know where you’re going but be where you are.”

            Anyways, all is good for us. We are living in the Pittsburgh area now, but we are leaning towards going back to Wilmington after this trip to Asia.