I quit my job two years ago to become a freelancer and part-time traveller. I have travelled to more than 15 countries by myself in the past year and have the best fun ever, and intend to continue doing so.
I must say my life sucked before I made this change. I had some good friends, but every day was the same, job was not satisfying, pay was poor, and my bosses were awful. Then I suffered from an illness due to all this stress and it took me more than a year to recover.
But now I am fine. I know what I can and can not do. And not many people can understand my lifestyle, including my friends. That's why I have lost touch with many of them over the years. I must say I have not missed my friends or acquaintances at all. It's like, I am more than happy to become no longer associated with the past 20 years of my life, because I have never felt truly at peace or happy with them.
But what pained me is that once in a while I did have to deal with them or socialise with these strangers, and had to pretend I have fun. Last night I had to celebrate someone's birthday with all these middle-class people who assume I am rich because I am going to Europe for three months (heard of couch surfing, people?)
Anyway, I told my friend not to go to an expensive restaurant but against my wish, we did. I ended up having to pay like 80 euros for the meal. What a nasty surprise, when my one-way ticket to Russia is less than 190 euros (incl tax)!
It's one of these moments that made me realise I don't like or need casual friends at home. They've done nothing for me intellectually and I'd rather be alone than having shallow discussions with those who cannot identify with me. What's worse is I have to pay a fortune for this. completely outrageous! It's just the most stupid thing that happened to me.
Maybe you think my life sucks, but hey who needs friends when you can just do your own thing unperturbed?