"YOU MY FRIEND ARE STILL SO YOUNG: OR WHAT I LEARNED AFTER GRADUATION"
As a part of the generation of soon-be-college-grads, I often find myself wondering if I've made the right choices, questioning where my life is headed, and worried about the scarcity of job prospects. However, whenever I'm feeling particularly lost or pessimistic, I find solace in the blog of my long-time childhood chum, Tyler Protano-Goodwin. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College last year, Tyler decided to move to Thailand- to teach, write and find herself. Her adventures are insightful, terrifying, beautiful and inspirational.
In her first post she writes:
Now I am on the precipice of a new adventure. One that will take my world and turn it on its head, making it impossible to deny that I still have heaps and heaps of new things to learn; about myself, the world, and others. My adventure? Moving to Thailand for at least a year. My commitment? To use this blog as a way to share all the ways in which I am still continuing my education.
Her blog is filled with a collection of fascinating stories and lessons she has learned along the way:
LESSON #7: AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE GET DELICIOUSLY CAUGHT UP IN THE HERE AND NOW
LESSON #17: CALCULATED RISKS ARE HARD TO COME BY
LESSON #12: SOMETIMES THERE IS NO LESSON
Tyler has recently started a series called, "I Like Your Face", where she interviews interesting characters she meets along her journey:
When I was teaching in Thabo I had a lot of time to think, and like most young 20-somethings I thought about myself. It got old. I got bored. It didn’t take much time for me to realize that inspiration and growth can once and a while come from ruminating over old topics, but normally comes from connecting with others. It’s the words of advice that make you see a situation from a new angle. It’s a quirky comment that triggers a creative idea. It’s a story told with such pizzaz that you lose all sense of place. It’s a kind gesture that makes your finger tips buzz. It’s a conversation that unwinds dangerously late into the night.
I urge all those searching for some adventure, insight and entertainment to check out The Thai Chronicles. Who knows, maybe it will give you the courage to go out and try something that scares you- to ignore your anxieties and grab life by the horns.
Photos courtesy of http://thethaichronicles.wordpress.com/