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Even though we’ve been back in the States for a while now, I thank my lucky stars for the opportunity we had to live abroad in Scotland. Not only was our family able to travel to wonderful places all over Europe and Africa, but because I was unemployed, I became passionate about different hobbies which led to me becoming more creative.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though. Sometimes when you’re used to having a desk job and a set schedule, it’s hard to let go and pursue new things.
So how did I evolve into this creative, blogging, picture-taking being, you ask? Here’s a timeline of events for your viewing pleasure.
“I can’t wait to quit my stupid job and move abroad to Scotland. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Yippee!”
“Well, this apartment is really small… and moldy. Yeah, there’s a lot of black mold. I’m allergic to that. Oh well. We’re in Scotland!”
“I hate this apartment and I hate this city. I have no friends here and there’s nothing to do. WHY did my husband make me move? I miss the Hill!” While crying in bed to Malcolm the Westie.
“We’ve been abroad for a while now and I no longer want to throw myself out of the flat window. Cool! I should probably find some new hobbies or something… I know, I’ll start a blog next year!”
“Blogging is weird and my mom is my only reader. Maybe if I had a nice camera people will find me!”
“Blogging is still weird as shit but photography classes are a ton of fun! Maybe I’ll take photos of Members of Congress someday!”
Fast forward to today…
“Brandon I’m never going back to the Hill — I’d rather be eaten alive by cats. I’m going to be a full-time blogger, and a local photographer, and a free-lance writer for awesome websites, and write a dystopian novel based on my screwed up dreams, and foster dogs!”
What was the point of this post? Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe to show you that life experiences really do shape you as an individual. Before becoming an expat I was perfectly content working in politics. I hated being alone, I panicked when I didn’t have a set schedule, and I had no clue what to do with my spare time. Seriously — when I first started working out of college, I would head to my office on the weekends for fun. Would I do that now? Hell no. I’m perfectly fine with all of these side jobs I have. ‘Cause creativity is more fulfilling than being eaten alive by cats.
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