The greatest risk of all is to risk nothing at all
September 16, 2015
Japan adventures behind me; European adventures ahead.
September 16, 2016
European adventures behind me; Paris Café adventures ahead.
What a crazy amazing fantastic phenomenal year it’s been!
I left Japan with this crazy idea to open a café for expats who love breakfast & coffee as much as I do, and decided to start my pursuit of knowledge in Europe. With help from my new-found friends and support from my friends back home (i.e., Canada & Japan), I explored most of Western Europe for 3 months, returned to Canada for a little bit, wandered around Paris for a few more months, visited my family in Germany for awhile, and worked in Italy for another while. Each place I visited and each person I met taught me a little more about this awesome world and the beautiful people who live within it.
This past year, I had incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I’ve wandered the streets alone at night, slept on couches of locals, drove with strangers, danced until the sun came up, fell in love, broke a few hearts, started a social media empire, learned a little more about myself, overcame my fear of being alone, witnessed institutionalized racism, benefited from white privilege, started some bad habits, started some more positive habits, ate sheep guts, became vegetarian (well… pescetarian because… sushi), took barista courses, received numerous job rejections, packed & repacked my bags, and seen some f*cked-up things, which I can only tell you about in person (and you must swear that you won’t tell my mother). #ZeroRegrets As of now, I have negative funds, but you know, money will come and go, but experiences last forever.
Fast forward one year, I’m back in Paris and ready to start a new chapter in my life; a chapter that is a little more stable. I will still be living out of a suitcase (because a traveler is always ready to move on without much notice), but this time I can hang up a few of my shirts and leave my toothbrush near the sink for more than just a few days. After 6 months of searching around [& running away from] Paris, I finally found a job as a barista & roaster at Café Columbus. Training starts tomorrow (Sept 26)…
As always, thank you for reading and taking this journey with me.
Original poem below.
Life is what happens while we’re waiting for life to happen.
We wave hello.
We kiss goodbye.
Our lives are always in transition.
We explore paths untread.
We discover places unknown.
Our feet are always in motion.
We get lost.
We miss trains
We get lost again.
Our hearts are always up for adventure.
We sleep on couches.
We hitchhike with strangers.
Our bodies are always ready for a challenge.
We discuss together.
We ponder alone.
Our minds are always open to possibilities.
We face uncertainty.
We overcome our fears.
Our souls are always yearning to know more.
“Don’t you miss your home?
Don’t you miss your family?”
“No,” we say
We travel the world, but we are never alone
And we are never lonely.
The world is our home.
Everyone we meet is our family.
With passport in hand and bags always packed,
We whisper into the wind,
“See you in the world.”