Ten years ago today, I boarded a plane with a plan to teach English in Prague for a year before joining the Peace Corps.
Two months later, I met an incredibly funny, intelligent Brit with the sexiest voice I’d ever heard and I ditched my Peace Corps plans.
When I left California, I had no idea what the future held. I just knew that I’d never been the type of person who took chances. Throughout my high school years, I’d made every decision based on how safe it was.
By college that had started to get old, and I stretched my wings a little without letting go of my safety net.
But ten years ago today, when I stepped onto that plane, I had only a backpack, an enrollment in an English-teaching course, and a determination that I would live a more adventurous life.
I’ve learned and grown so much in the last decade. I’ve been able to travel around Europe and see places that had only lived in my imagination before – places that inspired me to become a novelist.
After growing up in southern California, I finally discovered what seasons are.
And I was able to embark on a humanitarian career that has introduced me to people who make incredible sacrifices for their communities.
I’ve been incredibly blessed by the people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, and the places I’ve discovered. I know how lucky I am, and every day I’m grateful that I took a gamble and bought a ticket to a new life ten years ago. It’s been an amazing adventure.
Tell me about an adventure in your life. Have you made a decision not to play it safe and discovered wonderful things about yourself as a result?