I have read so many Instagram profiles, which said, "We quit our jobs to follow our dreams", "Left everything", "Started afresh" etc etc. Now here's the way I look at it. To begin with, I hate the word "quit" or "left". One only moves on from one road to another, from one city to another, from one phase to another, the imprints of each place, phase or people we meet builds us as a person along the way.
I and Rit have now been working for 10 years, we are fairly educated (well, he is double masters) and quite successful in our professional lives. We have been together for a little over 4 years, married for three and a half. We have a beautiful family, siblings who would do anything for us and a bunch of amazing friends on whom we can count on even in the middle of the night. We have a sprawling house in Gurgaon, every corner of which is being lovingly laid out and put together by us in the last few years. We literally build this happy, comfortable and decently luxurious life, brick by brick together.
We come from very modest backgrounds. The first time I sat on a plane was on a work trip in 2009. My first ever flight was an international work trip flight to Dubai. Same for Rit, his first flight was to Poland where he went to present a paper in his final year engineering. The star that this boy is, came back with a trophy!
I am sharing this as a perspective that the life we have today, might look basic to some and amazing to some, but whatever place we have reached it is a Big Deal for us and our families (I guess the story of all the self-made young Indians, who had the support but had to painstakingly carve out their own paths). The best way to look forward is not to leave it but to build from it.
We have a wish, a wish we always had but maybe now we have the courage to live it. That's what I meant by moving from one phase to another, chasing a different dream altogether. We want to absorb all the imprints that we have - a successful career, a loving family, a comfortable house, a fair lifestyle to embark on a journey. In this journey, we will have to let go of a lot of bricks and walls that we have built, but the experiences and confidence we have will only make it more exciting. So I won't say, we have quit our jobs, left our house to follow our dream of a full-time travel. I say cheers to a new journey, newer experiences, unexplored routes that await us and there is no better time to do this than NOW.