“It was a very sporadic moment in my life where everything was very stable. I had a great job and was surrounded with a great group of family and friends. Yet it felt like a bigger part of my life was missing. It just seemed all too predictable. I kept seeing people around me make their life decisions like they’re going to live forever. They want to spend their lives buying a permanent house, investing in a permanent job, and in some less fortunate cases, forcing a toxic relationship to work. All of that is not alien to me, I mean I understand some of it. But to me that’s not being stable, that’s just crazy.

“So, like what I always do during pivotal points in my life, I decided to do the complete opposite of what I was supposed to do. Something crazy, perhaps. I packed my bags and moved to a strange new place where I don’t speak the language and knew almost nobody. I never really had a plan, but things always seem to work out. There’s so much of the world to see, delicious food to eat, skills to learn, beautiful people to meet. It’s not like you’ll get a do-over after all is said and done. I just can’t see how you can do things any other way.”

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