“Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.”

Ah blogging once again! It has been a couple of months since I have last posted due to a busy schedule, but I am back at it again! I have recently packed up my belongings and made one of the biggest decisions of my life. Many people think of backpacking as a crazy decision because you leave everything. I have left a stable job with a large insurance company, a personal training job, and the hardest of them all- my family. Many people scoffed at the idea of my best friend and I backpacking through Southeast Asia/ teaching English abroad, but those are the same people that grew up only knowing one community who continue to keep a closed mind about the world. I, however, look at traveling as a way to learn more about myself as an individual, expand my road of opportunity, and also to learn that most people are wrong about other parts of the world.

In the week that I have been removed from the United States, I have truly realized that I have been trapped into thinking I had to start my career after graduation. Over the past few years I can honestly say I have not been as happy as I wanted to be. Working jobs that I did not see any potential with the skills I have to offer only made matters worse. There were times that I felt lost and I had no idea what I really wanted to do, and I still don’t. Having made the decision to backpack in a culture that I have not been accustomed to, I believe will answer many questions I have about it is I want to do with my life. I have come to the conclusion that I have a great ability to speak with people of different races and backgrounds, which I plan on using to help inspire and motivate people that may also be in the same position that I have experienced. For the youth of today, I hope they learn from my mistakes and also build on some of the great things I am doing with my life. Backpacking and teaching English abroad is in fact a huge risk, but in today’s world you must create your own happiness. Once people create their own happiness, they will begin to see sides of themselves that have been brainwashed and neglected by our society.

Until next time, Peace and Hair grease.

Kendrique O. Coats