Wednesday, October 5, 2011

So What Have You Been Up To?

Nothing strikes pain in the heart of a stagnant vagabond quite like the question, “so what have you been up to?” It forces one to address the stark reality of the situation: you are doing absolutely nothing.

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Okay, that's not true. I'm doing a ton. I work two part-time jobs. I take two college classes. I do yoga and ride my bike every day. And I play... Hard.

But the fact is, whenever I explain my lifestyle to someone, I am met with disapproving frowns. Heads shake from side to side, perplexed how a girl who once had once shown so much promise and ambition could be wasting away her potential. They say, "You quit your 'perfectly good job' during a recession for what? So you could go on vacation and do yoga?" I could scream!

I have absolutely no regrets about leaving my career. Yeah, money is more difficult to come by these days, but I'm a thousand times happier. I don't wake up every morning dreading the day. I show up to work each morning at 6am and greet each customer with a smile because I am genuinely glad to be there.

It is with this mentality that I will charge headfirst into my 10 year high school reunion, which is THIS SATURDAY! Holy moly, where has the time gone? And I am preparing myself to answer the age-old question, "so what have you been up to?" over and over and over again. Others say, "I am between jobs". I will say, "I am between travel".

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