Why the life you chose doesn’t have to be the life you live

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“For what it’s worth…

It’s never too late or too early to be whoever you want to be. There is no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing.

I hope you make the best of it.

I hope you see things that startle you.

I hope you feel things you never felt before.

I hope you meet people who give you a different point of view.

I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not…

I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

Rewind back to exactly one year ago, you would find me living the typical “American Dream.” (More on this topic at a later time.) Being raised in NY, you learn from a very young age that anything you want in life must be earned through hard work. Go to school they say, get an education, find a good job, put in the time and you will be successful. But how does one define success? One may find success by landing their dream job, and another may find success in their hobbies. My success is found in experiences and how I spend my time.  And I truly believe that time is the most valuable thing to take responsibility for.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved my life in NYC. It will always be the place I call home. I worked for a good company, I had a great group of friends, I lived in a city that inspired me every day. I was proud of the life I achieved through my years of hard work.  I was not running away from the life I had built for myself, but I didn’t feel that this was the only life I had the choice of living. 

My endless curiosity led me to take the leap, I knew for as long as I could remember that I wanted to see the world. And not just see it, but embrace myself in it. I am a lover of coffee, books, and culture.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I ask a lot of questions. I need to know the why behind everything. Which is also why I carry a duel perspective about most things. Meaning, that through my constant questioning and discovery…I don’t view the world as being simply black and white. It is completely complex, in regards to numerous factors such as people, politics, and culture. You can read all the books and watch countless movies, but nothing beats being there and experiencing it for yourself. Just because I was born in a certain place, didn’t mean I had to stay there. Change is constant, and everything comes full circle.

The life you chose, no matter what point of your life you are in- doesn’t have to be the life you live. 

*Before I started traveling, you would find me daydreaming about traveling. Researching traveling. Talking about traveling. I would shamelessly say that I was obsessed with the idea of traveling. Now, I will shamelessly say that I am obsessed with the act of traveling.

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