In looking for jobs recently, I updated LinkedIn. In updating LinkedIn, I got in touch with old co-workers. In getting in touch with old co-workers, I got a job offer in Taiwan.
And I couldn’t take it.
Those of you who’ve been following me for a while now know how important travel is to me. I’ve often stated how much I miss living in Asia and how I can’t wait to return. My dream job would be to work for a nonprofit organization whose focus is international relief. I want to write to make a difference.
But why is travel so important to me? How can I make others understand? A friend pointed out to me recently that trying to explain how incredible travel is to someone who’s never left home is like trying to explain how wonderful parenting is to someone who’s never had kids. To a non-parent, having kids just seems like a lot of work. To a homebody, being out of your comfort zone just sounds . . . scary.
And you know what? It kind of is. And that is why it’s so awesome.
When I turned 18, I went 2,500 miles from home for college. When I turned 25, I went 6,500 miles from home to teach. Before I left for Taiwan, I was anxious. After I arrived, I wanted to go home. Taiwan was a strange new world in which I did not belong. I couldn’t even speak the language!
But you know what? It is because of Taiwan that today my facebook news feed is filled with Chinese. And it is because my facebook news feed is filled with Chinese that I relate to people (like you!) all around the world. I may not have been to your country, but I know how beautiful it must be. Taiwan gave me new eyes with which to view the entire world.
And so why do I want to travel more? Because there is so much more to see! But why can’t I do it now? Because some things just aren’t meant to be — yet. I’ve found something else equally — no, more — important, and realized that timing really is everything.
The world awaits.
. . . And besides, like my friend Randall recently said, travel really is so much better with a friend. ;)
Image: Sunset in Shihmen, Taiwan. All rights reserved.