As I sit here in Amsterdam, the first month of 2009 quickly carrying on, I can’t help but contemplate the 8 months I have ahead of me – the 8 remaining months in my year of living abroad, of taking time for myself after college, of just getting away from my old life and trying something new and foreign, of doing the only thing that serves as an acceptable replacement for immediately entering the work force.
In other words: my year off.
When I’m feeling down, wondering what the hell I’m really doing here, I like to tell myself that I’m unique, that I’m doing something that most people don’t have the guts to do, and that the whole experience is adding valuable goodies to my character. And this evening, right in the middle of one of these half-assed mini personal pep talks, I came across one of those much needed reminders – the kind that drop in on you like bird shit – to stop taking myself so seriously.
So thank you, Christian Lander, for the reminder.