I am currently in my second year of college, with 5 months to go till i finish. I left secondary school with really good grades and finished the first year of college with once again really good grades. That was when I was aspiring to go to uni, get a (good) job, earn money and live my life. However between that time and me writing this, I have been reading… A lot. So much that is has changed me and my perspectives and views on life and this world. I have become more confident, happy and optimistic. Gained large amounts of knowlegde and information concerning things as philosophy, love, life, people, society, psychadelics and much more. I have an insatiable drive to travel and experience the world, soak everything in see as many cultures and meet as many people as possible, travel like a nomad and properly back pack my way through the layers of this world.
Hitchhiking, free lancing, blogs, couch surfing, jobs on the go, camping e.t.c.
However everyone around me despises me and disagrees with my views opinions and aspirations on life and myself. They are asleep and not conciously aware of life as it is and should be. As I have developed as a person, my college progress has gone from going up hill to going to a free fall at terminal velocity. Getting U’s and D’s in every class test and exam. I feel like I am getting trained for life and not educated. Learnt how to regurgitate information and not learn how to love and appreciate.
I also have parents that despise me for everything i feel, see and want to do in life. Shout a rediculous amoun, all these people telling what to do, teachers, parents and counsellors.
I also have a close friend who is in the same situation and we both aim to travel and experience this small planet (yet large world) that we were lucky enough to have been born on, I also write this on behalf of my friend.
So.. Here is the question… Do i
A) drop out of college, work and save up what I can, then leave and travel while I’m young and gain the priceless experiences and knowledge. Then come back after a period of time to start a profession that I will love and enjoy, and ingore everything my parents and teachers and “loving” government say.
B) Carry on with college (doing the work genuinely deprives me of energy and happiness and get a job with my A level grades and essentially listen to my parents and teachers.
I just dont know if A level grades in my situation are worth the suffering and waste of time.
I woud be extremely grateful if you could aid/help me with my situation.
That’s was my dream once and somewhere deep down it still is, I just need to make enough money first. In order to make enough money in the shortest possible time I’ll need to get a good paying job and in order to get that I’ll need an education, you see where I’m going with this? So I think you should ace collage first, get a job and save, your still young. Once you have enough you can leave out but remember it’s gonna be hard coming back to a society once this is done and most of the knowledge learned in collage will be long forgotten. I suggest you give the anime kino’s journey a try if like the idea of traveling.
I feel for you man, I have the exact same aspirations and I hope to cross paths with you one day honestly. But you should really hold your ground and get educated, at least for four years of college. Then you’ll have the stability you need and the power to even change things you see undesirable in your travels. I look at my journey as not only my awakening, but an attempt to awaken those around me. Just hang in there man, it’ll be worth it. You don’t want to have to worry about funds or resources or connections the entire time, and surprisingly most people don’t have the same viewpoint as us and aren’t very willing to support a journey without proven credentials and purpose.