Coming Out of The Darkness To Breath New Life

It’s been a while since we last spoke. I stopped publishing with no warning at all. Even the emails I received only got a short response from me.

I’d be lying if I told you it was easy to just step away. I wanted to publish publish publish. But stepping away had to be done. Not to go have fun, but to come back focused. More focused than ever before.

You see I had been grinding away each day for two years. For two years I gave myself to Way of The Olympian. Not only for this site but for you as well.

Rewind a month or so ago and I was sitting in my house in Charleston. Something just wasn’t right and I could feel it in my gut. I felt like the content wasn’t what it should be and I felt like I could give so much more.

At the time I was doing Groundskeeping. Definitely not the best gig in the world, but it allowed me to do my own thing. I wanted to travel and start living how I really wanted.

I was a 22 year old living in the same city for the past 16 years. A lot had changed of course but I was tired of seeing the same old stuff.

For as long as I could remember I’d been talking about moving. There were quite a few places that I wanted to see. Some of the places were Seattle, Los Angles, Thailand, and the Philippines.

But I felt as if it were impossible to do that. Each day that I picked up trash and blew leaves I would think and think. I felt stuck and to be honest with you desperate.

Things had to change. I was growing tired of living the same old life that I had been. I had quit my job 5 months prior so that I could start living how I wanted. At this point though little had changed. I was making way more money and had “free-time“. Other than that I was still living in the same place doing the same stuff.

Then one day it became clear to me. The answer was so obvious that I am laughing as I write this. The answer was always there in front of me. It’s in front of you as well. To change your life you have to change your thoughts.

To make that even more clear all you need to do is make a decision. Each day that you wake up to do the same stuff that you’ve been doing for years is a decision. Your boss isn’t forcing you to come into work. Your girlfriend isn’t forcing you to be with her.

Nobody can make you do anything and that’s a fact. You are deciding to keep the same job. You are deciding to live the same life. So a simple solution is to make another decision. Decide what you want and then do it.

I was tired of living how I had been so I changed my thinking. I stepped away from everything and cleared my head. I wrote but didn’t publish. I changed up my routine. Heck I even went out and tried new things.

It took me a good solid month to gain perspective. Once I felt calm and right I made the decision. I decided that I was going to buy a plane ticket and go see new sights.

Instead of waiting two-weeks or a year, I bought the next flight to Seattle. The ticket cost me $800 but I didn’t care. Within two hours of making my decision I was on a plane to the West Coast.

I’ve been checking out new places. Right now I’m in Los Angles as I’ve always had a strong urge to come here. Where will I go next? Who knows and who cares. I’m taking it a day at a time.

The good news is I’m back. Articles will resume and come out regularly. Right now I’m living a dream. Not just a dream but my dream. I’m telling you all of this to let you know that you can do the same.

All it takes is a decision to change and then follow through with it. As I’ve said before all you need is two things. You need to believe in yourself and take action. That’s all I did and that’s all you need to do.

Now don’t get me wrong I’m not yet at Paradise, far from it. But I wanted to change my scenery and live life on a different level and so I did.

Money is just an illusion and excuse that you use to keep you where you are. If there is something that you want to do, just do it.

Stop overthinking like I did for so long. Just clear your mind and make a decision. That’s all you have to do.

Stay tuned for more articles. Also the Newsletter is back up so join up and let’s move up together.

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About Dylan Madden

My name is Dylan Madden. I write articles for the person looking for more out of life. Who knows they can be better, but needs a little guidance and motivation. I work online while traveling the world. And live a life where I can do do whatever I want. If that interests you, welcome to Calm and Collected.

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  1. I had been waiting to see this. You’re on the right path, and making the right moves a lot faster and earlier in life than most. The growth comes through in your writing.

    Welcome back.

  2. Glad to hear you finally made moves man! Life is all one big sequence of power moves starting in your 20s. The harder the move is to make, the more it pays off. Some of the most important decisions come in an instant.

        • I just needed to get out and move around. Taking the same drive and seeing the same people can cause you to get stuck. Moving to the West Coast has given me back the energy that I needed.

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