• Hien

What could happen

Updated: Jan 10


Dear friends, I have news. No, I'm not going to get married. Some weeks ago, I tendered my resignation to my 9-5 job.

Several months before I turned 30, I started to ask myself questions about my life's direction. I reflected, since my childhood, where I've been and why I am here.

For a while, I was lost and didn't know what to do next. I was trying to fill that void which caused me feeling unfulfilled. I wanted to be a round-the-world traveller. I looked out for new hobbies. I started new habits. I volunteered. I wanted to do so many other off-the-wall ideas, which I forced some of my friends to listen to and give feedback for. All in the effort to find a sense of purpose.

Over the past 10 years or so, I've worked hard to become successful. I've had the opportunity to work with wonderful, top-ranking organisations. A good salary, generous benefits, living in a nice apartment. In other words, I was considered successful. So, when I made the decision and announced to my family and friends that I was making a life change, it seemed unsound to them.

My plan is to open a garden, back in my hometown. I want to grow my own food, and for others. Hopefully, I will be able to make a living out of it, enough to pay the bills, and cover some of my basicness.

Honestly, making the decision to gardening was unforeseen to me. I'd never sit in my comfortable couch and thought 'Oh, I hope I could grow some pumpkins and sell them'. I have always been working office jobs, and I like the convenient city life.

One evening, I was reading about sustainable living, and somehow that knowledge shifted my thinking. I started to change my lifestyle to reduce my negative impact to the environment. I adopted a plant-based diet. I started to embrace a healthy lifestyle. And I felt happier. Working in a garden and growing food was the light-bulb moment that I had after following this way of life, and it aligned with my values and beliefs.

Despite all of the unknowns ahead, be it good, bad, or somewhere in between, I'm happy that I've taken the risk and made the change I needed. So, what could happen? I'm not entirely sure. The most important thing is that I could pursue living a meaningful life.

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