My Trevolta

Before I explain this unknown term, let me mention a few words from the most inspiring speech I’ve ever heard.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way how to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

To be honest I’ve been impressed by many motivational speeches full of motivational quotes in my life. Most of them left me strongly motivated to do whatever I had to do at that time when, as it usually happens, after a short period of time I came back into my initial state of mind. Nevertheless, the Steve Jobs’ speech from 2005 held for Stanford graduates significantly touched my way of thinking. Principally because since the last week of May I’m a graduated student as well. I finished my master degree in Finance at Tomas Bata University in Zlin and as many of my classmates I had been asking myself what to do next? for the last few months. After graduation the question has finally changed into what to do now?

I was never the most ambitious kid in the class. Perhaps because my grades usually reached an average, sometimes slightly above it. However, the university atmosphere forced me to think about the future, career and stuff like that, what was something I never paid attention to before. So I started to do more. Still wasn’t ambitious enough to be the best or to earn millions but I was sure I’m on the right way to reach senseful goals – find some nice well paid job or run my own business.

Eventually I finished the university in let’s say more competitive group of students when I reached better grades, participated in the scientific project and was offered a PhD program by my lecturer. But something changed during my studies. Through the time of the last two years I’ve developed a strong disagreement in my mind with what I call the modern society’s way of living, which is offered to us by our teachers, parents and even friends. It’s about a formula saying in short that you should finish your studies, find a good job, have a family, buy a house, car and other stuff and pretend that you accomplished the exam of life. All that suppose to make you happy. Jobs named it as a dogma of living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Thing is that since I started traveling, besides all the amazing feelings, great experiences and new friends, I see the world a far more richer. Teachers and others also tell us do what you like at the first place. I’m not sure how is it connected with a good job or a new car, but through the time I found out that I do like to travel. So I refused to follow our modern formula of living and instead of looking for a serious job I’ve come up with a trevolta in my mind and decided to discover the world while I’m still young full of enthusiasm and healthy. Inspired by the name of crowdfunding travel webpage the word trevolta exactly explains my point – my traveling revolta. I wanted to do something big, something that would exceed my expectations and follow my own inner voice.

I decided to go to USA for the summer within the student Work & Travel program once again. It’s going to be my fourth time and the last time. I take it as a great opportunity to regain an energy after stressful finishing of my degree. Moreover, I’m returning to the well-known place and I’ll be more than happy to see and work again with people who I fortunately happened to meet four years ago. The plan is also to earn enough money for the bigger adventure which is still ahead sleeping in its winter season waiting to be woken up. I talk now about the distant land of the long white cloud.

For the last year I had been thinking about going to New Zealand and been waiting for the date of visa application. In March it finally came and I became one of the lucky ones who got a one year Working Holiday visa up to the quota. Lady karma smiled at me again and my wanderlust exploded into the happiness. I knew my trevolta just received the plan.

Yet I don’t know what I’ll do there, don’t know where I’ll stay or how to get there and that is actually how it’s supposed to be. Unplanned traveling adventure which should help me to discover my great work.  I just hear Steve Jobs saying if you haven’t found what you love yet, keep looking and don’t settle. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become…

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