What’s this all about?

“What made you decide to do this?” is the common question I get when I tell people that I am leaving my job with a 401K and health insurance (not to mention in unstable economic times) to travel around the world for a year.

What happened was that I realized I had been following a path prescribed to me by others rather than by myself and I was making choices in hope of a specific outcome rather than choices that were truly right for me in the moment. I’ve always believed in the adage “Carpe Diem”, and while I thought I was doing my best to seize each day it was too easy to get caught up in the daily bustle, plummeting down the expected path since birth, forgetting that life happens just once.

My 25th birthday arrived last April and I was beginning to feel like I had spent the last quarter of a century living/working/saving/breathing for something- and I didn’t even know for what or why. But I realized I was the only one truly creating obstacles preventing me from anything. Suddenly, a once-impossible dream was a graspable reality. Every other element slowly fell into place and prior hurdles cleared out of the way, only because I believed in what I was doing. Kind of makes you feel like anything can happen.

I am an avid traveler and have endless curiosity about our place in the world. From poring over my Dad’s archive of National Geographic as a kid, to my first backpacking trip at age 18 around Western Europe, to my own field trips around New York’s diverse neighborhoods over the past years, I have always felt a deep sense of gratification from expanding my mind through travel.

So I’ve “put things on hold” (what that means, I have no clue), quit my job as a fashion designer at Ralph Lauren in New York City, emptied my piggy-bank, and decided to seek whatever I may find!

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One Response to “What’s this all about?”

  1. Cecilia, I found your website through Cedric Bien’s website (is this your brother?). I love this. I’m so happy to know that you’re doing what you want to do. Not everything seems sensible to everyone all the time. You just have to be you. I have a blog of personal essays if you’re ever interested. Be safe! I’ll keep reading…

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