Maybe It’s the Lack of Sleep


Maybe It's the Lack of Sleep, Cebu Philippines

But I’m grateful for it. I’m sitting in a hotel in Cebu in the Philippines, staring into a mirror as I type and I recall a journal note I wrote at the age of 17:

“I want to be a travel writer”.

I’ve become the person I always wanted to be.

At last.

Room to grow, warts to lose, things to fix, certainly… and it took 25+ years to develop the confidence to make the jump.

But here I am.

You want my advice? (We all know what unrequested advice is worth, but I’m in a mood and I really don’t care)

Whatever it is that you crave, whatever it is that makes you feel complete, whatever it is that gives you that sense of meaning: fucking do it now.

Life is too short. It gets shorter every day.

Do it.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Mo September 28, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Follow your guts and do it!! Yes, life is too short to whatever you are craving for just get of off your ass and do it!! Thanks for the motivation speech Wes!


Mike (Nomadic Texan) September 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

We are so glad you did it brother! I hear Guero’s calling! Ha! Safe Travels amigo!


wes September 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm

You’re killing me with the Guerro’s talk. Next time I’m in Austin, you’re buying ;)


kelly September 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Hey baby! I see your blog site says you are in Mexico. ??? But now in Cebu. Perhaps just take off that part that says where you currently are. I sure had fun with you in San Cris and look forward to more posts.


wes September 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I just need to update the graphic! And the ‘fancy’ resorts I’ve been in have shitty wifi :/


Renuka September 30, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I am drawn toward great photography…no wonder I landed here!


wes September 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Thanks. Nice tagline to your site, btw.


Rebecca October 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm

AMAZING get less sleep more often! I loved this post! straight to the point! thanks a lot.


Alex | Partial Parallax October 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

I’m glad you could make your lifetime ambition become a reality, well done! Short but a very succinct post it’s important to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy no point to life if you hate it


Hannah@GettingStamped October 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm

LOL on the first pic of this blog entry. We can’t wait to have our adventures in the Philippines when we get there early next year! Booked everything already.

Same advice with the others! Follow your heart and definitely all will follow.


Theodora October 9, 2013 at 1:37 am

Funny. I wanted to be a Martha Gelhorn style photo-journalist and war reporter. Baby steps…

Great post, also.


Phill October 9, 2013 at 2:11 am

Kent of is in your area. You guys should hook up and paint the islands red.

Always love reading your posts.


Benn October 9, 2013 at 11:42 am

Glad to know that you’re chasing your dreams. Enjoy your time in the PH, sir! :)


Andy October 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Great words to live by. Most people won’t ever do it, but those who do will be quite happy in the end. Congrats for making the jump!


Ross January 7, 2014 at 9:31 pm

You got to do what you wanted to, fair play. A good motto to live by but very few people actually get off the rat race and take the plunge.


Megan January 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I couldn’t agree more…I’ve been sitting on my ass for months, bored shitless of my internship (but of course I should be SO GRATEFUL for this hardly-paid, intellect-withering internship, because ‘some people would sell a kidney for an internship with the UN’. THANK YOU UN, thank you so much) but have recently been using my time to write articles for local newspapers etc… baby baby steps… Also just started a teeny-tiny little blog, just need to learn how to use this thing called the internet.
Not sure what I expected to happen before, just someone to approach me in the street and say ‘oh hey, you look like someone who would be a great travel writer, come with me, I’ll give you your dream job!!’. Silly moi