I recently read a really inspiring blog post that made me re-evaluate what I think I'm looking for in a happy life. The post, written by Darius Foroux explains that we should strive to become more useful instead of aimlessly attempting to find happiness.
I want to say, I can relate, however over the past couple of years I think I have lost my way.
I've been working as a front end web developer for around four years now. The reason I got into web development was because I truly wanted to have a skill so that I could help others.
I started off building websites when I lived in China for a year. My first ever site was for a local coffee shop down the road from me. I seriously wanted nothing more but to learn how to make a website. But the ecstatic response I got from the owner was so beautiful that it inspired me to work harder and learn more. He was just so, so, so happy and eternally grateful. Needless to say I didn't have to pay for another coffee again for the rest of my trip 😀.
There's no greater joy than making someone else's life that little bit better. It teaches you compassion, gratitude and seeing happiness in others overflows onto you as well.
So, as I said before, I can relate but I feel that over the past 18 months that the spark has slowly faded. I spent the last year working 9-5 in the city on a piece of software that I wasn't overly excited about. Quitting and traveling the world was definitely the best thing I could have done, because now I feel like I'm getting a fresh wave of energy. 200words has certainly helped spark that!
I want to get excited about coding again and to find out how I can be useful. I want to use my skills to help others and I'd love to incorporate that into my travels. Obviously, things get trickier when visas and expenses are involved. But maybe there's a way - something like WWOFing / Workaway, but maybe with a digital nomad twist. Who knows, but that's something I'd love to work on!
What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas!