“I am a hypocrite”
I think my biggest blogging fear is the thought of having to say those words. While there aren’t really true yet, the next few months are going to reveal a lot about my credibility as a blogger. 99% of the people in the world are really good at talking about all the things they want to do, and all of their big plans. Yet there is only a very, very small percentage that actually has the courage to act.
As of this second, I have not designed my ideal lifestyle. I am still working at my job, making my car payments, and generally living a comfortable life. What does that do for my credibility as a blogger in this niche? Probably not a whole lot of good. Sure, I have made some progress on my list. I have put some plans into motion that will be carried out by the end of the year (I can’t wait for the day I can write about this stuff). I have done more than a lot of people, yet in the end, I am currently doing the exact same thing that I was back in May when Location180 began.
I don’t want to be known as that guy that tells you how to live your life, but isn’t taking his own advice. After the overwhelming response you guys gave me in If You Were to Live Abroad…it is obvious what I need to be doing. Around 25 of you constructively berated into doing my travels. The time is coming for that, and it is almost here, but not quite.
The most difficult part of the situation I am in right now, is that it is transitional. I can’t write about what I am doing due to my job, but much of what I want to write about has to do with those plans. Aside from not being able to publish as much of that content right now, there is one aspect of all this that I think is pretty unique. For months you have all seen the site evolve. You have been able to see me dealing with my personal struggle of breaking out in to an unconventional life, and that isn’t something that gets documented very often. To be completely integrated into a traditional way of life, and then decide to do things differently is very difficult. Sure some people can handle the change better than others, but you are getting to see the questioning, second guessing, and what will ultimately be the success of my transition. There will be even more value to you once I have become successful. Once that has happened, I can write about all the specifics that have remained very vague up to this point. And I will safely be able to say “I am not a hypocrite.”
So I guess I want to submit this as an apology of sorts. Looking back on many of my posts they have been very vague. Filled with theoretical thoughts, plans and ideas. As far as you can tell, there has been very little concrete progress towards my goal of doing a “Location 180”. Well I am close. SO close. And I hope you guys will bear with me just a little bit longer as I continue to finalize the next chapter of this site. One that will be full of more adventure, more useful how-to information, and most importantly, more real life experience.
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