two worlds merge
You may be wondering, ‘is it really that difficult to quit your job and figure things out along the way?’. That’s a dumb question in my opinion. Of course it’s difficult. Why do you think I haven’t fully committed to that yet!?! I am not a risk taker when it comes to money.
Bumblebae and I are currently leading two completely different lives. Work lives that is.
He moved away right after graduating from university. He didn’t even stay for his convocation. His diploma was mailed to him. Coming from a village in Manitoba, he never felt like he belonged, so he packed his bags and left the country. He’s lived as a digital nomad moving around Asia, Europe, USA, and has now settled, for the time being, back in Canada. He’s lived minimally and could wear the same clothes over and over again. I don’t think he’s ever really had a consistent steady income. He doesn’t pay into a pension program through his work nor get free benefits. He loved/loves his work.
Me on the other hand, started working at a hospital shortly after graduating. I followed suit by buying my own home, my income was steady, I got benefits through work including a health spending account. I paid into a pension program, I was gaining senority, I got a wage increase yearly. I was in the rat race and I liked my security blanket. I didn’t/don’t love my work.
For all the digital nomads out there, if your partner is not a digital nomad, what are they doing? How are they spending their time. For the non-digital nomad partner, do you have any regrets?
We aren’t at the stage where we are travelling the world while working. I am technically the girlfriend of a once digital nomad, turned house broken, turning into a future digital nomad? I hope you get what I mean. In my head it makes sense.
Currently, things are working great but we have greater goals in mind that we are working towards. He’s lived with me for three years now. Him having an office at this moment in time works well for him. But I can see him getting restless. I know he thrives being around other entreprenuers and has tried hard to make connections in this city but we live in a small city. Every now and then I’ll urge him to go to a conference in a different city/country so he can ‘revive’ himself. When he gets back, I can tell he has more pep in his step.
You’re probably thinking that I am the one holding him back. Sometimes I do feel that way. However, I know he loves our home and the area that we are in, he’s enjoying the time spent with both our families, and most importantly, we support and love each other.
So as we work towards our couple goals, our different career worlds have to work together.
The future will be different though. I am bracing myself for this change. I am preparing for it. Our worlds will become one.