Fare thee well SF...see ya in a year!
Trip Start Dec 17, 2009
38Trip End Nov 01, 2010
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This is not to say that I suddenly arrived at this conclusion to fulfill my lifelong dream upon waking up one random morning. It actually happened under rather unfortunate circumstances: In late March of this past year, I experienced a potentially life-threatening drug reaction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevens%E2%80%93Johnson_syndrome) from some antibiotics that I was taking for a mis-diagnosed staph infection (talk about Year of the Ox-bad luck!)
A month after my recovery, in May 2009, I decided that I would finally take my long-awaited "world tour". I started filling up my savings account, and my boss, Dorothy Fadiman, so generously offered to let me stay at our production office (a residential house) rent-free so that I could maximize the savings process (Thank you, Dorothy!).
Now, six months later, I am gearing up for my year of funemployment. The plan: to travel through Europe, Southeast Asia, Asia, New Zealand, and possibly South America (if funds allow). I honestly have no concept of how far my money will stretch, but that's the beauty of this trip: It's on my time and my schedule, and no one else's. My goals:
(1) to make a documentary centered on the question, "How does one live life to the fullest?", soliciting answers from people from all walks of life (family members, friends, Zen monastics, hippies, professors, urbanites, farmers, fellow travelers, etc.) and showing how they live their lives;
(2) to figure out what I should do with the rest of my life, career-wise and lifestyle-wise; and
(3) self-discovery (in the vein of personal development and spiritual progress).
To accomplish these, I plan to stay in Zen Centers and temples in Europe and Asia, stay with and interview locals in both cities and the countryside, and stay on organic farms in New Zealand and South America. For the greater part of this trip, I will be traveling alone. But I am not going "by myself"--I am going with myself. This next year I will become my own best friend. And if I get only that, and nothing else, out of this coming year, I would consider the trip to be a success. Wish me luck!!