School or become a drifter

2 years, 4 months ago

I’m leaning towards a drifter but I also want a family at some point in my life, i realize that i would possibly need school to support them with a job. I come to ask your advice and or experience.

December 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@high3xistence, maybe take some time off to see what you’d want to do in school, or if you could come up with a better idea on your own? I’d say go to school if you have the opportunity to do so (ESPECIALLY if there’s a way to do it without debt!) and then once you’ve got something under your belt, become a drifter if you want (keep in mind, a drifter’s life WON’T be easy, you will still need money or resources of some kind). At least that way you’ll have options. It’s a lot easier to just stay in school and finish it than it is to quit school and try to get back in later if you change your mind.

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Profile photo of Curly Jones Curly Jones (@acm3884) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Pretty much what @theskafish said. You only get one really good opportunity to go to school, and you can always become a drifter. I felt the same way out of high school, like I wanted to forgo college (which I felt I was under far too much pressure to do) and become a buddhist monk, or live in some commune out in the desert. Once I got to college, though, I realized that higher education was definitely the route to take. The best part is, I can still become a monk, and I could still join a commune, but I can do those things with an education and the wonderful life experiences (and believe me, there are too many to count!) that college life provides.

Believe me, in the coming years you will undergo many radical changes of life perspective, no matter what you choose to do, and a life on the road, romanticized as it is, may lose it’s appeal before it pays off.

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@acm3884, totally. All the time I feel like I’d like to have more “adventures!” in my life, but I wonder, for everyone who sets out looking for adventure, how many people wind up freezing and starving in train stations, or just working dead-end jobs somewhere else, instead of living a life that would belong on the pages of Cometbus or Kerouac? It’s always good to know what you want, and to have options.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Thanks for the input. I will put more thought to it. @theskafish, @acm3884,

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Profile photo of Lover Of Understanding Lover Of Understanding (@professorx15) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@high3xistence, I have the same question as well… I hope you make the right decision.

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Profile photo of Kristian Jaded Kristian Jaded (@mentalkink) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I can see, and very much relate to what your feeling @high3xistence . And I believe that a lot of people are feeling and are pondering like this. Its a question I have as well. Personally I am very young in years, but my humble opinion as well would be schooling if you have the chance. It is very true that you do need money and such to be a drifter, like @theskafish had said, and if you do plan to have a family life in your future, it would be more beneficial to get your education under your belt now, rather than later.

(On a sidenote, if you truly intend to have a family in the future, its likely that it will be given to you, and you will want to be ready and not have to work harder to make ends meet)

I say this about the family mainly because its the reason I’m in school, I want to have a family in the coming few years. But also I want a title under my belt to fall back and provide for myself and the ones I will love, because these days having a title is everything in the workforce.

I have an unending feeling to begin travelling, loose sense of common society and gain knowledge, experience and culture that it seems only being a drifter coould bring to me. lol

All I can say, is I cant wait till I’m done my schooling :) And i wish you good luck with what you choose!

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Profile photo of Joshua Joshua (@sapienite) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

I cannot live forever in these westernized societies, they’re too sophist, dogmatic, hypocritical, nihilistic, superficial, irrational, and chained-up. Man is everywhere in chains. I want children, i have a Lover, i have friends, i have supporters, but that does not mean i should settle down in this disgusting society and take it. I would rather die for Truth than live in lies, even if i had Love, because this society taints and destroys Love: it will divide us with money, it will indoctrinate my children, it will demand my service, and it will only give me freedom when i’m too old to do anything about it. Fuck That… I will not drift, because then i’d have no purpose, no revolution. I’ll find a way to Love and Live at the same time, i will find Perfect Harmony; and if i cannot make Heaven, then i will die trying, leaving this Hell behind. If everyone thought this way, starting with but a few, then we’d win; but if we all go off drifting or dying separately, we will be missing a great opportunity.
Why not work together? Am i the only one who’s had enough of the way things are? Am i the only one who knows that it can be better than this?

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

@high3xistence, You could find a job that involves traveling.

From my experience, an organized lifestyle is infinitely more rewarding than just doing whatever. Achievement doesn’t get old, drifting does.

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Profile photo of Joshua Joshua (@sapienite) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Why is it that the only two options are go off to doing something (dying quickly) or settling down to take it (dying slowly)? You’re deciding between living in no society and conforming to the current societies. I have news for you: the current societies are FALSE. Why not form a NEW one? One that attributes to the True Foundations of society? From there, it can grow genuinely. If enough people wanted to do it, they absolutely could…

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

my advice:
save some money, buy a plane ticket, do whatever the hell you want, wherever the hell you go, see if that is worth putting everything else away for.

its odd how everyone wants to fly before they jump, but I was the same way… its a romantic idea – to simply live off nothing, going where you choose.

I met a drifter in a beach town in Ecuador. At first he was very happy “I’m in paradise” but as he got a bit more drunk he said he’d been stuck there for years – never making enough money to get back home, meeting too many scum bags, basically regretting his decision. Whatever you do – do it with some forethought.

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Profile photo of Eric Eric M (@blankey) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Get a job. Save up. Go travel. Then decide.

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Profile photo of Iflookscouldreallykill Iflookscouldreallykill (@iflookscouldkill) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Well it seems everyone here airs on the side of caution… But I think if you are choosing school out of the fear of failing at life and ‘freezing in a box’… Then that makes it a fear based choice… Great things and people usually sound insane to normal dick and Jane… So follow your gut. Don’t choose something just because your afraid of the alternative. In the end it will come down to ‘ are you glad you dared, or didn’t?

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Profile photo of Iflookscouldreallykill Iflookscouldreallykill (@iflookscouldkill) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

And FYI for all those drifter disaster stories…. I think I’f you ask around you will find just as many ‘went to college’ disaster tales. Only you can choose what is right for you, and whatever you end up choosing is right.

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Profile photo of Manila Dave Manila Dave (@hallda) 2 years, 4 months ago ago

Like many things in life, what works for one does not necesarily work for another. i studied first, and then went travelling. best thing i ever did. but if i wasn’t academically inclined, then the study may have been a waste of time. During my travels i have met many people. some have a formal qualification in something, others don’t. Some are happy, others aren’t. no pattern. i’d suggest you save some money to fund travel for a while, and go see the world. you can pick up work along the way if need be. you will learn a lot about yourself and who you really are, particularly when you are on your own. Over time you will likely find what you like doing, and what you want to do. hopefully they will be the same thing. good luck with it.

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