The Paths We Take

When you’re 25 with a decent amount of money in the bank, do you:

A) Save for the future and hope that one day you can live your dream

or

B) Spend it all, living your dream today because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

That was the argument I faced before I decided to use my savings to go on this trip around the world.

For me there wasn’t a whole helluva lot to lose. Although my job lead to great experiences (like working one on one with people like Andre 3000, Lil Jon and David Banner), I had already reached the ceiling. I wasn’t going to get promoted, raises were few and far between and management was horrible about taking my advice on issues that I felt were integral to the survival of the company. “So,” I decided, “It’s either another few years of this or I can actually enjoy myself. After all I’ve worked hard for it.”

It was that simple. An opportunity presented itself and I leapt for it. What better way than to leap into the unknown than with good friends who will support you and whose company you enjoy? Plus, this is my dream! Small as it may seem to some, going to Europe is something I’ve wanted since I can remember — if only because it was a foreign place, completely alien to what I’ve come to know growing here in America. But beyond that, there’s also the music. I’ve always had an affinity for music that’s originated from Europe. Bjork, Portishead, Massive Attack, Olive, Bush, Lamb, Sneaker Pimps, Fatboy Slim and others provided the soundtrack to my adolescence. How could I turn down the opportunity to go to the very places they were from, grew up in, and made known throughout the globe?

There’s also my political beliefs. Although, I love and support my native country (I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it) I disagree with a number of things that our country has done over the past few years. How has this current US Administration succeeded in making the world hate us more than it already did before? How can we have a President that less than half the country voted for? Even our economy is highly unstable and looks to be only getting worse. Is this really happening? How could things have gotten this bad so fast?

It’s time for a break. I’m going to trust myself into the cultures of other people and learn what it’s like to be foreigner first hand. So far, so good, I have little less than a week left in the US of A. I’m so anxious I can hardly stand it!