Our thoughts shape us. Who we are today is a reflection of the thoughts and beliefs we have held in our heads for the longest time.

I was just thinking about my own thought systems and beliefs this morning. Over the past year I have read numerous blogs of digital nomads, people who have been traveling the world while working from their laptops. I was very envious of how they were able to dictate their own lifestyles, choosing when and where they would work from.

And then I thought to myself, why can’t I be one of them as well? To live a wandering life on the road, constantly seeking new places to go and meeting new people?

Being a digital nomad is definitely not for everyone. Those with commitments will find it difficult to instantly pack their bags and go. But I think, is this way of thinking really just a self-limiting and convenient excuse for just staying with the status quo?

Of course, there will be people who do have genuine commitments that force them to remain in one location. The one reason that comes to mind is when a family member is ill and require caretaking on a daily basis. Aside from this, almost every other “commitment” that I can come up with falls into the “excuses” bucket.

“What about my mortgage? And my credit card bills? My student loans? All these are keeping me in place! I can’t possibly just wander away without any income!”

It’s true that you should not just pack your bags and go without having built for yourself another source of income that you can rely on when travelling. But I’m sorry to say, all these “commitments” WERE consciously undertaken by you, so there is always another way to consciously relieve yourself of them. All you need is to be a little more creative in managing your way out of these commitments. Often that boils down to being able to think out of the box, even if it were for just a while.

The mind is one of the most, if not THE most powerful tools ever known to man. If one chooses to construct his life like a cage, where he is bound by his own bars, it will be impossible to break free. Instead of complaining about how circumstances suck, perhaps it might be more productive to allow oneself to build a larger cage instead. Or even better, why live in that cage in the first place when the keys are already in one’s possession?

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