For the past 2 years, I fell in love with travel. After more than a year of travel, I decided to establish my blog. I love writing, and I consider it a passion. At the same time, I am currently working as an accounting supervisor in a private entity in the Philippines.
In my 3 years of service in the company, my career growth is incredibly fast. I can say to myself that I am good at my regular job. Recently, I have been offered a promotion. This comes with a raise in salary, and extended responsibility. I am ready to face this new phase of my career as an accounting officer, but what I fear is I might’ve to give up my writing and travel.
The reason why I’m saying this is because I have been put into a situation where I have to choose between travel and writing, versus my career as an Accounting Officer. This promotion created a personal dilemma. I am torn between what I love, and what I needed for the moment.
Honestly speaking, I need my regular salary. It helps me afford my travel and my daily needs. But, I love travel and writing more. My other option is, if I’m going to quit this job, I’m going freelance writing.
A dear friend advised me, who’s also doing freelance, that it’s difficult at first but worth it. It’s gonna take a while to establish a network of trust. I’m gonna have to spend at least 6 months to 1 year in establishing a good network. It’s the kind of risk I must take.
I also realized that doing a full time freelance writing is like going back to who I was. I have been writing stories since I was a little kid. I really enjoyed it. I have been praised several times of my writing skills, since school days. Even at work, my boss would praise me of how I write my e-mails professionally.
Travel has also became my passion lately. It’s like an invisible force that pushes me to go out and experience the world. It’s the main content of this blog.
Sometimes, even at working hours, I’d do nothing but write an article. And I feel guilty, because the company is not paying me for my blog. Still, I continue writing.
To choose writing a full time career is like going back to what I know. Going back to what I really do. What hinders me is fear. Fear of losing financial stability, which my regular job provides. This totally contradicts with one of my article Does Travelling Really Encourage You To Quit Your Job?. It is absolutely true that you cannot conclude or judge something, unless you’re caught in the same situation.
I am hoping, dear reader, especially those who has already faced the same dilemma, for your advice. Shall I quit my job and pursue my love in travel and writing? Please find time to share your thoughts in the comments. I really need your personal opinion in this matter.