I breath a sigh of relief. Another stamp in the passport. For some reason there’s always that slight twinge of doubt. How many times have I done this, I should know better by now—I got this.
I flip the page and see the first stamp there. If there’s been one constant in my adult life it is transience. I’ve collected skills, experiences and memories on 4 continents, got conversational in one language (Spanish) and am on the brink of diving into the next (German). Throughout all this time I’ve searched for opportunities to learn more about this beautiful world we inhabit.
When I lived in Lake Tahoe, I learned about peace and quiet; the wisdom of mountains and trees and water. I also learned about days and days of hard work and revolving faces telling me their stories in quick but compelling snapshots. When I lived in San Francisco, I learned about the limits (there aren’t many!) of what we can accomplish with technology. I saw the mixing of culture, ambition and creativity. I marveled at the intelligence of my colleagues and friends and the ceaseless hum of the city. As I drifted across countless hostels and small sandy towns spread across the Global South and the cobblestone streets of Europe, I saw how many people are walking on winding paths and making it work for their unique lives.
Now I approach a nexus point. The amalgamation of these experiences now demands something from myself. It’s no longer enough for me to be an observer of all these lovely things. It is time for me to speak back into the world about the things I’ve seen and take my curiosity on how to build a better future into the the here and now. I am looking for the opportunity to continue learning and creating both for my own edification, and also on behalf of causes that I care about.
I am a storyteller. I am a mediocre guitar player. I am an enthusiastic brainstormer and a below average surfer. I look forward to chatting with taxi drivers and elected representatives and everyone in between. I care deeply that people feel seen and that we take care of our world. I believe in us and I believe in myself. I have a voice and a pen and I am going to use them.
Let’s get working.