Five days after I learned I was going to Iceland, here I am. Landed in the morning, took a bus to Reykjavík, and then took a bus to Landmannalaugar.
Tomorrow, I am starting a three-day solo trek on the Laugavegur trail. Typically this trek is done in four days, but I’m on a time crunch and will have to hustle tomorrow. I’ll be walking 24km with my 35lb backpack, so that’ll be a challenge I’m sure.
So many of you probably aren’t sure why I’m in Iceland.
Well, before I left for Europe, I decided to become a freelance writer. I love to write, am good at it, and absolutely dreaded the thought of settling into a 9-5 job by the age of 21. Telecommuting and being my own boss was more appealing to me.
So I started building my portfolio, website and was networking all day for hours after I got back from Europe. I happened to send a LinkedIn request to a friend’s uncle, and he called me and asked if I was busy next week. And now, here I am, in Iceland.
Basically, I’m here to see if I can build a connection with this company by potentially writing for them, and scoping out places on this trip for their tours. Maybe more, time will tell. All I know is that this is a crazy opportunity, and I’m planning on taking it.
Even if this doesn’t work out how I hope, I’ve still learned how important it is to put yourself out there and go after what you want. Even if it’s something you only decided you want recently.
I would have never gotten this opportunity if I haven’t decided on a whim I wanted to be a freelance writer, put in the hours, invest in my business, and pure luck. You never know what opportunities will come your way unless you truly commit to something you want. So get out there and go for it.