After graduating college and job searching for nearly two years, I realized I still don’t know what I want to do. Growing up, I always had at least a hint of an idea, so my sudden and complete loss for a life plan led me to ask myself what I know for certain, and each time the answer remained the same: I want to travel.
There’s something both inspiring and fulfilling about traveling – whether just visiting for photographic purposes or immersing myself in the culture – that allows me to walk away with a lifetime of memories and a plethora of knowledge.
I want the complete experience, as I always do when it comes to life’s best pleasures (chocolate, wine, men…), so I found a job teaching English in Thailand, the Land of Smiles, and I booked a one-way ticket.
In the process of researching the vast teaching possibilities, obtaining my certificate to teach English as a second language, and choosing a country, I discovered another thing I know for certain: I love learning.
Maybe a permanent teaching career is in my future? People keep telling me there’s no hurry; to let life carve it’s own path. And while that’s a thought both intriguing and terrifying, I’ve decided to embrace it. I’m building my path with beautiful stepping stones, meant to be savored slowly and remembered forever, instead of paving it smooth and heading nowhere fast.
I’m entering this chapter of my life with an open mind, and without expectations. I plan to lose myself in the Thai language and culture, because a wise man once told me when I was first navigating the chaotic streets of Los Angeles that the only way to find my way is to go get lost. And I believe him.
After all, there’s always something to be learned from an unexpected adventure down the road less traveled.