Life choices, the art of Sacrifice

If someone told me now that I only had a year to live, and asked what I would like to do with my remaining time, I am in the fortunate position to say “Exactly what I am doing now”. How many people could really say that in this world? How many people have made the life choices necessary to be doing what they truly want to do? At times I consider myself lucky to be living the lifestyle I am, but then I remind myself that this did not just fall into my lap, and that I had to work hard to get here, I had to make the right life choices which would lead me in the right direction.

Where is here?

Here is having not had to wake at a certain time for work in almost a year, here is traveling the world as I want to. No trying to squeeze a holiday into a month, no trying to hit all the spots before time runs out. Just traveling as we see fit, when and where we feel like. Sure I still work every now and then, but it is work I enjoy, I get to be creative and build websites, create art, and just mess about with opportunities that inspire me. When I’m not feeling inspired, I don’t have to do anything. It is a marvelous way to live.

I am not boasting about my incredible lifestyle, just putting into perspective how I got here, what life choices I had to make, and how almost anyone can do the same thing. It all comes down to choices, and being willing to make the necessary sacrifices to enforce those choices. A few years ago I decided that I did not want to work at a normal job, that I wanted to travel the world, and that I wanted to continue to learn and accomplish new things. Upon having made the decision, I sat down and worked out what I would need to accomplish this dream. Small steps led to bigger steps, and bigger steps led me all the way here.

Save, Save, Save

The first life choice was to realize that I needed to save, save, save. As such I stopped spending so much money on stuff and things, I still enjoyed myself, going out for dinners, a holiday once a year, a new computer or such every now and again etc, but mostly food was had at home, going out was kept to a minimum, and toys became thin on the ground. For the most part any spare money I had went straight into a high interest savings account.

Work, Work, Work

Secondly I worked my arse off. At one stage I worked three jobs, I was a freelancer and worked in Graphic design, created art for show homes, and did a bit of store renovation and sign installation. There was a period of about a year where I worked seven days a week almost every week, and was working about 18 hours a day for most days, sometimes I would work for 2 days and nights straight. It sounds hellish now, but when you have a worthwhile goal in mind, you can more easily brush aside the discomfort and fatigue, because you have your life choice to focus on.

Working these three jobs I also taught myself web design, as a potential income when eventually the goal was achieved and more conventional work was not an option. It took really only the last two years to achieve a decent bank balance, with a high interest account it means I make a bit of money every month doing absolutely nothing! The web design thing is picking up, and although I am not earning anywhere near as much as I was while working, I now need less to live on, and we are managing to travel while only just touching our savings, which will change as our respective income options develop (Sarah has worked hard on her blog, sarahsomewhere, and has quite a large audience now).

Just Do It!

The bottom line is, almost anything is achievable if you really, really want it. Despite all the reasons and road bumps you perceive to be holding you back, if you were honest with yourself, you would realize that you can have the life you want. Most people are not willing to forgo the lifestyle they are accustomed to, to find a lifestyle which can seem like a silly dream. It is most likely not a silly dream, just different, and you won’t achieve it if you don’t make the life choices, or rather life decisions, needed to get it, saying I want is easy, actually believing you will is what will get you there.

I made sacrifices, I figured out the life choices which would truly make me happy, and voila, here I am. Whether you want to travel the world, be a millionaire, thrive in finance, run your own business, or have lots of babies, you just have to want it enough, make the decision, and you will have it.

Life Choices

Life Choices

What life choices have you made to get where you are? What have you had to sacrifice to reach your goals in life? Or what dreams do you have which seem almost impossible in your current life situation?

X3CDGAYGKEPY

16 Comments
  • Carmel
    Posted at 19:51h, 10 January Reply

    Love it. I started a spreadsheet that lists the reasons we’re saving our money and making sacrifices and what we would be doing with the money if we weren’t saving toward this. Most of the things we would buy would be trying to make up for the miserable day-to-day lives we were leading. There are plenty of sacrifices, but it’s worth it.

    And by the way, you’re so obviously not an American: “No trying to squeeze a holiday into a month”…a month. Wow. I wish.
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 20:43h, 10 January Reply

      So worth it, cant imagine any other sort of life style worth it. I heard you got very little holiday in the U.S. Such is the price of modern convenience I suppose. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  • Pam
    Posted at 23:40h, 10 January Reply

    Hi Ty glad you are so happy. I am sure you will be more so when Sar arrives soon.

    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 09:37h, 11 January Reply

      I will indeed, looking forward to carrying on our life together…

  • Sarah Chamberlain
    Posted at 11:06h, 11 January Reply

    Its been such an incredible journey and Im so proud of you! You didn’t even pull out the story of being an incedibly poor half orphan! See you soon life choice man.
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 14:24h, 11 January Reply

      Ha, half orphan, I like that, I think I’ll use it at my next “Poor me” seminar πŸ™‚ See you soon Jane

  • Lauren @ roamingtheworld
    Posted at 23:50h, 11 January Reply

    So true indeed!
    I’ve been reminding myself that anything is possible when the negativity and fears flood in.
    We are fortunate to have so many opportunities and be able to dream up amazing possibilities and make them happen. It’s all about priorities and figuring out what you want!
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  • Tyrhone
    Posted at 10:46h, 12 January Reply

    A rich man once said to me, “You can be rich too if you really want it”, I think that is when I realized money was not my goal in life, and when my goals became achievable and worth having, thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  • Lynne
    Posted at 23:57h, 13 January Reply

    Love this!!! Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to have a conversation with the mirror ‘anything is possible, anything is possible, anything is possible’…

    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 00:30h, 14 January Reply

      Thanks for reading Lynne πŸ™‚ watch out for the mirror though, they get you on side and then WHAM! Hit you with a “but what if I can’t?”. Sneaky blighters.

  • Jill Miller
    Posted at 10:17h, 15 January Reply

    I love it Tyrone!!! I totally agree with you. It’s just a choice, and I’m so glad I made it to travel. Best decision I ever made
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    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 10:34h, 15 January Reply

      Thanks Jill, and well done on making one of the biggest choices in life, at least it was for me πŸ™‚ Looking forward to your Aussie adventures…

  • Danielle
    Posted at 18:37h, 19 January Reply

    I came to the realisation today Tykes that I’ve been cluttering my life with so many uneccesary ‘things’. I have made a vow to change this and your blog has provided further motivation to do so. You must feel such freedom travelling only with the bare essentials and the women you love. Well done of living your dream x

    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 20:18h, 19 January Reply

      Good on you Danni, and glad I could help even if it is in the tiniest way. There is indeed a lot of freedom, now I just have to find a way to fill all this time. God, if it’s not one thing it’s another πŸ˜‰ Thanks mate

  • Adam - Tropical Nomad
    Posted at 09:05h, 27 June Reply

    Hey Tyrhone,
    I was working 14-16 hour days on a tunnel boring machine in Australia for over 2 years while coming home in the evenings to work on building websites, learn a shit load of waffle about Internet Marketing and try to build some sort of online business.. Wasn’t so good at the saving though!

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