The tag line of The Accidental Vagabond is how did I get here. When I wrote that I was just looking for a quick note to express something about the title, but now that I think about it, “How did I get here” is a perfect tag. That’s really what this blog is about: a long, journey to… I still don’t know. There are these moments in our life when things are spinning and we ask ourselves, when we reflect on our life, we ask, how did this happen? Those of us who journal have the advantage to look back (if we bother to) and actually see the path we took. This blog which started ten years ago serves exactly that purpose. Here I am now, living in South Korea, teaching English, living with my boyfriend, and planning a future with him that I hope involves writing and travel. So, how exactly did I end up in an Asian country that I never actually thought about visiting, and teaching English? What happened to acting, to writing, to “the novel”, or the first book that so many of these earlier posts are about, what happened? How did I get here? Well it all begins with this post about quitting. I was working for Jive software a collaboration software development company, and I could have stayed there and maybe worked my way into an other department (I was the front desk) and made some decent money. Yet, I had decided to quit, and write a book. In retrospect, I still am not convinced I was super smart about the decision, but there were also other factors in play.
The thing is, this point in time, this decision put me where I am right now, right at this very moment. I’m sitting in Itaewon, in Seoul. I have about an hour to getting ready before heading to work. In Seoul. In South Korea. I can hear the birds chirping outside, and the men working construction on an apartment a few winding blocks away. All of this is occurring at this moment because I quit my job at Jive software ten years ago. That’s life: a series of events set off by a series of decisions and choices.
I had seen some posts, not too long ago, on Facebook from some old Jive co-workers that Jive had been acquired by another company. See, everything changes. I can play in my mind a little about what life would have been like for me if I had stayed, but then again, it doesn’t really matter because this is where I am right now
The other day I was listening to an archive of This American Life and the topic was quitting. The first story was about a woman, Evan Harris, who wanted to quit everything. Quit her job, her city, her boyfriend, everything, but she didn’t know how to go about it. One day while at work she was alphabetizing files with a co-worker they began talking about the letter Q. Evan felt it was a misplaced letter in the alphabet and, oddly, that was the moment her life changed. I wont say more- you really should go listen to it for yourself, but I have decided that I love this woman. The fact that she felt that the letter q was in the wrong place is enough to fall in love, but her philosophy on quitting sealed the deal. She had created a zine which I’m not too sure if is still…
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