Song of the day: Ashley Dubose – Rolling Stone. When a song gets you.
By far the most frequent question I’ve gotten [except from the Irish] is Why Ireland? My first response is almost always, “why not?”.
And if you know me, then this answer actually makes perfect sense.
I get an opportunity to explore a new part of the world while still expanding my professional skills. Why wouldn’t I take it? There are very few places in the world I wouldn’t pack up and move to really.
But why not isn’t satisfactory, I know. And nomadic dreamer that I am, a pragmatic streak still runs in my blood.
I had many reasons to stay and made a long stay-go list before deciding to go.
It went something like this: Reasons to stay:
My family is here
I have an amazing group of friends
I enjoy my job and can see a good advancement path with it
My project is stretching me and has good visibility
I love the people I work with
I’m comfortable. I’m happy.
I can still travel on my vacations.
Pretty idyllic right? So why did I choose to move to a country that I’ve never been to before, where I know exactly two people, neither of whom live in the city?
Because I’m comfortable
Because amazing people exist everywhere just waiting to be met
Because I’d like to see Rome, and Athens, and Istanbul, and Marrakech and Nairobi all in one year and not go into debt.
Because pretty sweet job offer
Because the phrase “I’m going to Paris for the weekend” flatters my vanity
Because I’m 25 and have no dependents and the timing is kind of perfect
Because even if i hate it, I’ll still learn from it, and that’s the most important thing
Because sometimes life puts an opportunity in your face and you just have to jump
Because I’m disillusioned by the systemic racism endemic in the land of the free (more on this in another post hopefully)
Because I think I was born a nomad
Because I want to see as much of the world as possible
Because I have no true concept of home, and perhaps I would like to find it, or not
Because life is short and always works itself out
Because if this is a mistake(its not), this is going to be a very fun and memorable one
But yeah, in the end? Because I can. Because I want to. So why not.
It’s only been a week and a half, but I am SO GLAD i made the jump. Sometimes, when you jump, you reach the ground to find that it’s neither hard to break your will nor soft to catch your fall. It’s a trampoline to launch you to the next level and one step closer to your dreams.