You’ve heard it before… millennials are prioritizing ‘experiences’ over stuff. As a millennial do I find this true for myself as well? Yes, probably!

One of the great things about quitting my job and going freelance is the ability to divvy my time how I see fit.

In an office, I was tired of ‘forcing’ myself to work because the traditional work week molded me that way. As if my brain wakes up every Monday to Friday and says “yeah, I’m going to be productive for exactly 8 hours today, with a one hour break for lunch”. There is certainly something to be said for being in a productive environment and also sitting down together with colleagues to get work done, but it always felt a little fake for me to be constantly expected to be in ‘work’ mode at work. Sometimes I was in the mood to brainstorm, but I had a boring monthly deck to update. Sometimes I got a fun project like creating a new area for our website, but my mind was yearning to be outside soaking up the sun. Can I do it later?

And then comes the vacations: the struggle of every employee to maximize those precious allotted days, by trying to squeeze in as many epic experiences as possible! Same for weekends too. I felt like it was somewhat of a waste to have a relaxing weekend, knowing that I couldn’t have the same fun experiences during the week. Jam-packed weekend, hectic week … you’re heading for burnout city.

If vacations are such an important part of your work year, why on earth don’t you find a job/work that allows you the most vacations? I understand that working hard towards your vacations makes them that much better, but I don’t want to be living a lie for 9/10ths of the year, counting down until my next holiday. Plus, I think there’s a bigger problem if all you want to do is be on vacation all the time…

When I get going on a project, I love to hustle. But when I don’t, I don’t want to feel guilty about it. I’d rather accept my natural work cycles which I believe will result in a much more satisfying lifestyle. My working hours are by no means traditional right now, but I love it. I like to think I have a strong personal drive, so getting the work done will happen, just on my terms.

I love this quote from Tan Twan Eng, in The Garden of Evening Mists book.

Are all of us the same, I wonder, navigating our lives by interpreting the silences between words spoken, analysing the returning echoes of our memory in order to chart the terrain, in order to make sense of the world around us?

In my mind the echoes of our memory come from experiences. It doesn’t have to be travel. But something to awaken the senses: meeting a new person, having the freedom to explore, going after something you desire … collections of life’s little (& big!) moments.

Travel is certainly a key one for me, and I’m glad to be able to travel and gain experiences as much as I currently can. I wouldn’t be able to do this 7 months ago!

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