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17 December 2003
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Korea Life Blog - Happy Rambling

I have not been living for the future, I've been living now. I don't base my life around a job and career, a spouse, a lover. You never know what's going to happen, whether you'll be here tomorrow or a cripple from a car accident, a victim of anti-Americanism, or facing the reality of cancer. It's hard to follow through on, but try your best to enjoy each moment...I don't even do this as much as I wish I could.

A fine wine, a delicious meal, a joyous bleep, what better way to pass the day - this is what life should be.

I never once felt bad about not living up to career expectations. I'm the guy that didn't show up to work one day, took a different exit and wound up in the mountains eating breakfast at a Mom's diner. I ate eggs and suasage, watched the deer prancing about, the snow covered pine trees, chipmunks gathering acorns. Things you usually don't noitice on the commute to work and back. That morning was one of the defining moments of my life. I never felt guilty or regret. Now here I am thousands of miles away on the other side of the planet and really enjoying my life.

I made a vow - I will always try to take the path less taken and hope to be lively, open, free and carefree. I appreciate the education I received - the professors that interested me, enlightened me, opened my mind to far other possibilities. And thank you Robert Frost, Emerson, Whitman, Kerouac, Miller...and every other writer that had the courage to do what they wanted, the opposite of what was pushed into their brains day after day...I listened to you.