How This All Started
1 year ago
When high school ended, the next secure step in life was laid out for me. Why, college of course! So I filled out the applications, and chose between an array of safe and reach schools. Then I chose a college and things fell into place. I found myself, and some new friends, tried some new things, shaped up a little and then BOOM! You realize that 4ish years have just slipped through your fingers! I was hit with that reality, along with everyone else, that life is out there, waiting for you, looking you square in the eyes. Ahhh! Bring on the suits and ties, the printed resumes on “resume” paper and the rehearsed interview answers and subsequent prayers. It seems to me, that just like after high school, I was once again faced with life decisions revolving around being safe or reaching.
However, this time, I could choose any “next step” I wanted. I initially thought about applying to grad school right afterward, after all the economy is terrible right? Then, the more I began thinking about it, an immediate two year commitment, whether it be the Peace Corps or a grad school, seemed rather unappealing. I just worked for four years to get through college while working two jobs. I felt a longing for some “me time”. So the next idea was born: to travel for a while until I felt like committing to life or until money ran out. The more I thought about this, the more it appealed to me. “Where will you go?” people asked. South America? Asia? Hell, why not do it all?! So long story short, as graduation came upon me and the infamous question, “so what are you going to do with your life?” became more and more frequent, I began answering “Well, I’m going to take the money I’ve saved and travel the whole world. Oh and I’m going to write about it too.” And there you have it.
I plan on traveling as cheaply as possible and finding odd jobs along the way. Other than that , all I know is that I want something extraordinary…I’m not sure what but I know I want the road less traveled that involves adventures, unimaginables and my backpack. I can’t plan beyond this, the rest will unfold as I live. I want to stumble upon opportunities and jump right in. I want to make mistakes and try, try again. I feel that with all this, I will learn and develop my strengths, HOPEFULLY enabling me to one day create value. I honestly don’t know what to expect but the unexpected, and I must admit…it’s pretty exciting.