You know how we always have these guidelines about how to do things. And not a secret to anyone that one of the ”normal” things to do after high school is studying. And, hey, I tried it out! So give me some credit. But that just wasn’t ”it” for me. Therefore, this is the story about why I don’t regret not going to college and what’s happening instead.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
…is the most important question you should ask yourself when making any decisions. Let’s be egoists and live the way we want to, okei?
I started to study because I wanted to. It wasn’t a long time planned decision, it just happened. I studied something interesting (as in music management) which wasn’t truly related to my ”dream job” at that point, but it seemed useful and a great option overall. I wanted to meet new people, see how things worked out in college, and enjoy a bit of ”student” status. I didn’t pay for it, since I had scholarship and it overall didn’t take a lot from me. So – why not?
Time went and I remembered – I can’t stay in one place. It just gets boring. Although, it was a lot of fun and I had nothing to really worry about, it just got… all the same. And it took me half year to realize that and go abroad, ”find myself” while doing some Au Pairing (looking after kids and teaching them English in family abroad, while getting free accommodation, food and additional pocket money). But the story doesn’t end here.
WHAT’S THE GOOD PART?
Oh, there’s plenty. My main reason why I can be 100% happy about my previous decisions right now – I can do whatever I want. Sounds charming, right? I’ve tried plenty of jobs and after all really found what I was looking for. It took me time and it took me money, it took me some tears and outrages, some days spent in bed and some truly happy moments. It’s not all black or white. But is there anything that is?
But the main thing that I’m happy about – I didn’t have to deal with plenty of systems. I had to face some while traveling, while working home and abroad. Sure. You can’t escape that. But I escaped the school system and I escaped the ”normal life” system. And, I did it while being still at the beginning of all decisions (read as – in young age). I’m not waking up earlier than 8 or 9 (and this is only the case when I reaaaalllly want to!), I’m not dealing with a never ending routine that kills my creativity, I can choose my path and I’m not chained to any decisions.
I EARN WHAT I WORK FOR. AND THAT’S THE BEST INSPIRATION FOR DOING BETTER AND MORE!
When we decided to move here, to Albania (it’s our fourth week here!), 6 months ago, I realized that all the world is open. I started to dig deeper into Freelancing and other Business stuff, and realized that I can do whatever comes in my mind. I’m choosing my own projects, working time and place. But that’s not only about freelancing. I have the option to decide what kind of a world I would like to live in. What are the things I’m willing to do daily. And there are no rules and no systems to follow at this point. It’s all about my decisions (or in this case – our decisions as a couple). What a wonderful life to live, right?
THEN WHAT’S BAD ABOUT IT?
I would say – nothing much. I am truly passionate about what I do. I am in charge of my own income and where I spend money. If I don’t have enough time or enough money – I look through my decisions and change them where possible and necessary. With my own optimism and productivity I can get whatever I want.
I’M PRETTY SURE THAT I CAN SAY – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BAD COMES OUT OF THE FACT THAT I DIDN’T GO TO COLLEGE.
Yes, I don’t have any degree and maybe some additional knowledge or practice that I could get while studying. But I’m generating a never ending willingness to learn and do more, to do what I’m happiest doing. It raises my level of creativity and passion. I learn, and sometimes I believe that I learn a lot more than average student, since I still have to be on top of things! I read and I practice, I get some additional inspiration and widen my horizons as much as possible!
HOW TO DEAL WITH OTHER PEOPLE OPINIONS
That’s the topic many people, especially at young age, are struggling with. I didn’t have many problems. My parents are trying to get along with all my decisions. They’re really supportive and never say ”no” to my ideas. That’s the main reason why I am where I am today and I can only say a big thank you for them!
BUT MY MAIN ADVICE WOULD BE – NOT TO BOTHER.
Won’t get much into inspirational speaking, but I truly believe that everyone should do what they want to. If you have ”the feeling” – go for it!
What about you? Have you gone to college or not? And what were the reasons for your decisions?
My name is Ieva, I’m freelance graphic designer & PR manager in her early twenties from Riga, Latvia, currently on digital nomad journey in Albania.
Traveling and being location independent has always been my thing. I have always been open to new possibilities and options, therefore I have experience with variety of Erasmus+ programs (available in Europe) for long and short term, I’ve looked through all volunteering offers there is, tried out Au-Pair program, worked various jobs and experienced many ‘’passions’’ up until I met my life partner and we found out that graphic design is something we should look into.
Ever since that I have built my life around freelancing and digital nomadism. Recently I created newsletter where I can share my knowledge and experience for those who are willing to get into freelancing and travel while doing that. But besides that you can follow up my adventures here:
Website – www.therandomp.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/therandomp_
Instagram – www.instagram.com/therandomp
And I’m always open for a chat if there is anyone out there with willingness to know more!