Scared Of The Future?

A question nomads and entrepreneurs get asked often... Are you scared of the future?

Scared Of The Future?

The Daily Haiku for March 12. Scared of the future?

Scared of the future?
won't change freedom for safety,
makes me feel alive.

When digital nomadism is discussed on infotainment sites or social media, the focus is always on young nomads. People in their 20's or early 30's that decided to take the plunge and start traveling. Pursuing their dreams. And that's cool.

But being a nomad for almost a decade has shown me that this stereotype is far from the truth. Most real nomads I've found are in their 40's and even 50's. Many of those 20 year old kids will go back to their parent's house when they run out of money or get back to a more "stable" life and job a couple of years later.

If you think about it, it makes sense. When you are in your late 30's, 40's or even 50's, you are not "trying out things". You either have a job that allows you to work remotely, a successful business, or a professional career with a good customer base, perhaps as a freelancer. If you "pull the plunge", you know you have taken a well-meditated decision and have the financial resources to back up that decision.

Why am I saying this? When you get older, people around you (or even yourself) start asking questions about your lifestyle and your future. Especially if you are an entrepreneur. Nomads don't usually enjoy social benefits such as social security or a pension scheme, and running a business is perceived as riskier than being an employee (even though I doubt it).

Aren't you scared of the future?

I may be crazy, but I am not. I know my business is generating wealth for my future. And even if I fail now, I can try something else. I am not afraid of starting anew. I have private health insurance, and I don't feel I need to own a house. Maybe some day I will, it's just not a priority in my life.

The freedom I enjoy... Not being tied to any country. Not being patronized by a government. Voting with my wallet. Having an open mind after knowing so much about the world out there...

Ohhh, I won't change that for anything.