I don`t remember when the idea of traveling started or exactly why. Probably because it wasn`t an exact date or a single reason. I think everything starts with some questions about the future. The fact is, I think, that culturally, there is a schedule to be followed during life stages that society imposes and by which all of us must necessarily pass, preferably with no breaks. You finish high school, college starts, finishes up college, starts a job, post graduate school, or any other study or work. Urgent! The next step should happen as quickly as possible, as if we were in some kind of race in which the winner would be the one that could meet the greatest number of steps proposed in the shortest period of time.
Pedro and I obediently followed the rules expected by society, until we begin to question whether these really were the rules we wanted to follow.
I'm not very close to music. Normally I listen to what comes on the radio, since it has a nice pace for me is ok. But at one point one of them caught my attention. It said: "I have no time to have, free time to be, not having to do anything. Yes, when I find myself lost in things that I created, and I do not know [...] Oh, I wake up to work, I sleep to work, I run to work [...] I do not see beyond the smoke that passes and pollutes the air, I don`t know anything. " Yes, some songs have the power to make us reflect.
Indeed, sometimes it seems that work is not the means but the end of our lives. We do everything to work, we have no free time. And you better run, otherwise our job will suffer in the future. It was that, was exactly that. It was a comforting feeling, it wasn`t only me who thought this way, which reduces the possibility that I'm going crazy. I don`t need to say that I heard that song 50 times that day.
Well, some months passed before we started to feel that we should do something different. Follow the schedule for the rest of the life was something that wasn`t sounding good, not only because of the compulsion, but because of a desire for something more. There were so many things we wanted to do, but none matched the routine of 8 hours a day inside an office. You know that book you never had time to read? You know that trip you never had time to do? We wanted to have time. Time to read, travel, think, be, have, live. We wanted not only to learn about other cultures, but being immersed in them. Taking time to meet, talk, reflect. Yeah, it was sometime in 2010 that, talking about it, we decided to stop everything to know a few countries of the world. What would become our professional lives in the future? We weren`t sure. A trip might not be viewed in a favorably way by employers. But that didn`t seem to bother much. After all, that's not why we live.