Smash Monotony was born out of pure and utter frustration with the drudgery of the 9-5 working life – and I use the word “life” extremely loosely.
Disillusioned with adulthood, I regularly asked myself – Is this it?
My rebellious nature questioned what was on offer. I mean, you go to work; do the same thing, day-in, day out; see the same people and eat the same packed lunch. You go home, eat dinner, and flop in front of the telly box slowly working your way through your Netflix list.
Weekends are over before you know it and you’ve barely caught up on your sleep. All the while, your so-called “transferable skills” are diminishing in front of your very eyes while you chase the consumerist ideology. You get stuck and turn stale.
There’s more to life and you know it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always worked hard for everything that I have – never shy of putting in the hours and the effort – but I just knew that I wasn’t being fully rewarded with any kind of work-life balance or satisfaction. I felt numb.
From my time as a touring DJ/producer in the house music scene – in which I had spent years building a name for myself off my own back – I learnt that I only really felt rewarded when I was travelling. I only ever felt alive when I was exploring new places and cultures.
As with most travel bloggers, I’m sure, I’ve seen friends grow up, settle down, start families, and fall into a routine. That’s perfectly fine. They’re happy and that’s all that matters but I wanted more and I knew I had the discipline and skill set to make it happen.
So, why Smash Monotony?
It’s all in the name.
I implore you all to smash the monotony of your lives and #GetTheFreeOut!
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to sell up, say your goodbyes and disappear for months – or even years – on end, simply grab life by the balls a bit more.
Start small if you have to. Go to that dance class; learn that new language; book that trip; conquer that fear. Whatever it may be, just start feeling alive again!
You possess both the luxury and the ability to do what makes you happy. You’re on the cusp of change. Make it happen.
For me, it was doing what I love the most; travelling the world and living the adventure.
I can’t think of a better way to spend my time here on Earth, can you?