If you're reading this, you probably already know that I'm planning on embarking on a one to one and a half year hiatus from my current life. If you found me by happenstance, allow me to fill you in.
I grew up in the little shittown of Hemet, California. I was there from birth until I left for college 18 years later. Hemet is not exactly known for being culturally diverse or interesting; it's your basic Small Town, USA. Luckily for me, my parents planned many vacations that allowed me to leave the confines of my hometown and to experience, albeit briefly, other cities and cultures.
When the time came to leave for college, I ended up staking my claim in San Diego at the University of California, San Diego. While it was certainly a step up from Hemet, my environment was still fairly tame and laid back. A lot of people probably associate San Diego with paradise, and the fact is, it's not too far off. The weather is nearly perfect year-round, it's citizens are fit and happy, it's situated right on the Pacific coast, the air and water are clean and the pace of life is slow and steady. But, and this may come as a surprise to those who haven't lived here, San Diego is boring. On the whole, the city isn't very diverse and most of the people aren't all that interesting. Everyone dresses and behaves with a similar air and no one really seems to act with conviction.
With the exception of a three month stint in New Hampshire, I've been living in San Diego for the past 11 years. When I graduated from UCSD, I remained on campus and have continued working for the university ever since. During that time, I've found some amazing people and forged many meaningful relationships. I have also explored a lot of this city and taken advantage of its offerings. However, the time has come now where I feel the need to really shake things up and experience more of what the rest of the world has to offer.
Hence, I've decided to put 'real life' on hold and see what other possibilities exist out there. In the coming months, I will be putting in my notice at work, selling off all of my extraneous possessions, renting out my townhome, and figuring out where I'm going and when I'm going there.