Here’s a song I wrote and performed over the weekend for Escape The City’s London Career Change program, about the troubles of wanting to change your career but not knowing where or how to start.
I typically only play guitar in the comfort of my own room, so this was a comfort challenge for me. But I wanted to role model acting with discomfort to the brave group of people in the room embarking on a career change.
“When you begin to live your life like an interesting story, it has no other choice than to become one.”
One of my long-term goals/dreams was to give a TEDx talk. One day, I thought, after I do some more things, get a few more experiences/accomplishments/adventures under my belt, I’d apply to deliver a TEDx talk.
“Maybe I’ll be ready in a few years.”
And then in February, I was invited to give a TEDx talk at Lafayette College. And of course, I said yes.
“I guess I have to be ready now.”
“You don’t need anyone else’s permission to create. Green-light yourself and get to work.”
– Charlie Todd, American Comedian
I’m excited to share something with you this week. It’s a creation born out of a combination of frustration, gratitude, courage, and fear. In other words, a true labor of love.
It’s not necessarily a masterpiece, but it represents something very significant. It represents a major breakthrough I had last week.
Shortly after writing about the transformative powers of a pilgrimage [See: The Art of the Pilgrimage], I hit a bit of a low point. I was enjoying the moment, feeling grateful and was actually pretty happy. But something was missing. After a couple days of reflection, I made some conclusions about happiness and fulfillment.
Today I’m kicking off a video project called Backpack Chats, where I sit down and chat with interesting people I meet while traveling. These people either have a unique story, are living intentionally doing things they love, are incredibly inspiring, or all of the above.
My goals for this project are to share people’s stories, learn about life from different cultural perspectives, and really understand what makes people tick around the globe.