5 months and 3 weeks ago I began an experiment in living. It has transformed every part of my life. As I go into this last week, I can’t help but think of how I want to spend my time and how much has transpired in half a year. Who I am today and much of my life is drastically different from when I initiated this journey.
Almost 6 months ago, I was sitting on my mom’s couch out of work and discouraged. I found myself going through the motions and conforming to the idea of what I thought unemployment should look like. In other words, I was waking up late, surfing the job boards, and feeling sorry for myself. It wasn’t working. My passion for life was gradually draining from me, and I daily questioned my decision to move back to the States. Life abroad was so exciting. How could I make American culture as adventurous as the daily surprises in China?
Meeting Teresa at that conference shook me from my dormancy. With her question, “What would you do if you had six months to live?” I was reminded that I wasn’t living; I was just breathing. Living is a conscious choice and we are the daily deciders of our happiness.
I thank you all for reading, for your support, and for your love. Expect many a post in the next week–I have a long backlog and pent-up passion to write!