Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying


When did you last lose sight of the shore? When was the last time you last ventured out of your comfort zone and felt your heart race? Can you remember the last day you woke up feeling truly alive with excitement about what the day might bring?

No? You’re not alone.

These days, far too many of us restrict our lives to nothing more than work, TV and bed. And we tell ourselves that this is okay.

It’s okay because we are climbing the career ladder. It’s okay because we can afford to throw our money into the rental pit every month and keep a roof over our heads. It’s okay because we get 25 days annual leave every year to do with what we wish.

We’re lucky. Aren’t we?

I would argue that we’ve lost sight of what it is to live.

A couple of weeks of freedom every 365 days is just not enough to keep your soul alive. We need to be lit up every single day. We need to be inspired. We need to fall head over heels in love with life.

Do you sit at a desk for 40 hours a week watching the clock and wishing time would go faster? Do you wish you could travel like those hundreds of other people who seem to make a living from doing so? Why can’t you?

It’s a sad fact that we live in an age of fear.

We worry about everything. We are scared of terrorism, natural disasters, bad people and the risk of what ‘might’ happen.

We wrap ourselves in cotton wool and sit in front of the television because that is where we’re safe. We hide behind our computer screens, where there’s no risk and no one can reach us. We stay away from countries because of something that may have happened years ago deeming it too ‘dangerous’ to visit.

We’re terrified of going against convention. We’ve been fine-tuned to believe that in order to be happy and successful we need a good job, a decent salary, a mortgage and a marriage. We’re scared of what people may think when we choose a different path.

Then we worry. What if it doesn’t work? What if we make a massive mistake? What if we get kidnapped? What if we have to return home with our tails between our legs begging for our jobs back?

But what if we don’t?

What if I fall? oh but my darling what if you fly?

It’s time to get off the convention conveyor belt. 

Until we give it a go, we’ll never know. And until we do, we’re sat in our little bubble, watching the clock tick and living a half life.

There’s no point in avoiding adventure and travel through fear of what might be. Yes, jumping out of an airplane strapped to a parachute may involve a certain element of risk… but so does driving to work everyday.

Who wants to get to the end of their days with no stories to tell, looking back and wishing they’d taken the leap? Too many people tell themselves they’ll wait until they’re a little older or until they have enough money to ‘live the dream’.

Warning: If you think this way you will never go. And if you put it off too long it will be ‘too late’ before you’ve even blinked.

Time is precious. Don’t waste it.

Stop procrastinating. It’s time to get busy living.

Get busy living or get busy dying – Shawshank Redemption

Disclaimer: For some people, living does directly translate into a career, money, stability etc. And there’s nothing wrong with that. If that’s what makes you happy, fantastic. Grab every opportunity with both hands.

If, however, the idea of career ladders, promotions, interviews and corporate meetings make you a little queasy – you’ve got company.

It’s totally fine to choose a ‘career’ that involves moving from adventure to adventure, picking up work where you can find it, meeting wonderful people, experiencing things you only ever dreamed of and hoping your money doesn’t run out.

If the sound of this makes your toes tingle and your feet itch like it does mine – then go for it. Others have done it, we can too.

But how?

We’re lucky. We live in a digital age. A time when it really is possible to become the engineers of our own life. We can be on the other side of the world in less than a day and make money from the middle of the rainforest (just so long as we have an internet connection).

The answer is simply to make travel a priority in your life. If that kind of lifestyle is what you want then make sure you’re moving a step closer to it every single day.

Get busy living. Start today. 

Passenger lyrics



  • Love and Road

    We share the same problem… itching feet and free soul!!

    After one year travelling around the world I discovered that the hardest moment was the first step, was to leave the comfort zone… After that, everything fell in its right place.. Incredible! No regrets, no looking back… Just plans for the future, new maps, new roads and new adventures, the feeling that we are alive and living!!

    Great article!!



    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Ahh but i reckon itching feet and free soul is more of an asset than a problem :). You’re so right. The first step is by far the hardest. When i boarded my flight for my first solo 18 months travelling, I was absolutely terrified. I genuinely had no idea what I was going to do with myself on the other side of the world, completely on my tod. But, as you said, somehow it all kind of works… and I had the time of my life. I love that… here’s to the future and the roads, maps and adventures that lay ahead :). Thanks for your lovely comment Nat.


  • TheGlobeWanderers

    Hi Lindsey – Really pleased you enjoyed the post and I hope your husband did also. It’s so easy to get bogged down in the rat race these days, letting life just pass you by… a life of travel means we get to savour every moment! 🙂 – Thanks so much for stopping by, just about to head on over to your site and check it out. Happy travels!


  • Drive on the Left

    This is always fantastic advice and it’s good to get an injection of ‘just do it’ from time to time. We’re currently trying to fanagle a hybrid life where I’m able to work a normal corporate job from a cool location and we do as much traveling as we can while we go. So far, it works okay but I hate having to juggle the various demands!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Absolutely… it’s all too easy to put things off. “I’ll do it next month” soon becomes “next year”…. etc. etc. until before you know it BAM you’re 85.

      That’s amazing – working remotely is what I’m aiming for. I can appreciate it must be hard a lot of the time… but i’m betting waking up in new, beautiful places around the world makes it all worth while :). Thanks so much for stopping by!


  • Natalie Tanner

    Inspirational and I just couldn’t agree more. Live YOUR dream and start today! Thanks for a wonderful post. The Shawshank redemption quote is perfect!
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Hi Natalie, pleased you like the Shawshank quote – isn’t that film just brilliant!? Ah wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone started living their dream today? The world world would be even more wonderful than it already is. Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂


  • Laura @ Bottled-Air

    What a wonderfully inspiring post! Don’t let fear hold you back. It’s ok to be scared (everyone is) – just do it anyway. I remember being so scared of travelling to India alone, but it turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. I can’t even imagine how boring my life would be right now if I had let the ‘what ifs’ get in the way of chasing after my dreams. Happy travels! 🙂

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Ah Laura, thank you so much – so pleased you liked it. I couldn’t agree more… on my first solo trip, my mantra was exactly that: “Be afraid. Do it anyway.” When you step out of that safety net, you leave yourself open to the most life changing experiences. Solo travel in India must have been amazing, had you been before?

      Exactly. ‘What ifs’ are a waste of time and a waste of life. ‘What if’ you regret not going because you ‘what if’ed’ too much? 😉 it’s never ending! Thanks for the comment – hope your bike is on the mend :).


  • Tamara Wilcox

    I like your quotes! They can apply to so many things in your life.

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Thanks Tamara, pleased you liked them :). Thanks for your comment!

  • Chris Nash

    Seems to be the theme of the month! Great philosophies, just get out there and travel (if it’s your thing)!

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Absolutely! The World is far too remarkable to spend you whole life in one place :). Thanks for popping by Chris!

  • Valerie

    Thumbs up all around — no matter your daily routine, if it doesn’t ignite your soul, you should try other things! That doesn’t mean leaving it all behind, but it just means constantly pushing the boundaries to find what you love! Definitely sharing this one 🙂

    • TheGlobeWanderers

      Ah thanks so so much Valerie – so pleased you enjoyed it! And absolutely, life is too short to do anything other than what makes you truly happy. Thanks so much for sharing as well – really appreciate the support :).


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  • Brian and Noelle

    Love this post! It’s like you read our minds!