The short: Sometimes we just need to be a rapt cat and notice the smaller things in life that make us excited, enthused, and eager.
And the long: It’s true that one sporadic action leads to a spiral of random events, and before you know it, you’ve ended up where you are now.
This whole shenanigans began with winning the competition Taiwan Best Trip where I got paid to travel around Taiwan for a week with a friend. After coming back, I decided spontaneously to purchase a one-way ticket to Taipei, leaving behind my friends, family, and a well-paid corporate job. There were no big goodbye parties or celebration drinks. Just a short, ambiguous Facebook update: Leaving Melbourne now.
Having lived in Taipei for two years and after travelling to nearly 20 different cities around Asia, I decided to pack my bags again and head to Berlin. This time, leaving behind friends, and a nice job with a leading global ad agency.
I still haven’t figured out why I’m willing to give up a comfortable lifestyle to start from scratch in a new city. Well, maybe it’s a quarter-life crisis I’m going through, or maybe I just like the thrill of building something from nothing.
I like to tell it how it is, so my posts are realistic, naive, random and sometimes just plain boring. I just want people to know that you can work, travel, meet new friends, eat great food and discover awesome locations — all on a small paycheck. Indeed a high-flying corporate job is great (hey, who doesn’t want a corner office and large sums of bonuses?), but there’s really more to life than just working in a job you couldn’t care for.