"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
Henry David Thoreau
Call me crazy, but I'm with Thoreau on this one. Looking back at the time I spent in college and the few years that I feel I wasted afterwards, it's kind of depressing to think that I could have gotten started on this awesome life journey earlier. Nonetheless, I'm glad I won't be in a situation where I'll wake up when I'm 40 and wonder where all the time went. Since I was little, I had a pretty good idea of what made me happy but I didn't get serious about pursuing my interests until recently.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I've been obsessed with the ocean since the time I was a child. I had the privilege of traveling to Mexico (and scuba diving) with my family many times when I was young and I am confident that the experiences I had when I was little had a big impact on my love for all things related to the sea.
I always dreamed of a way to incorporate scuba diving into my life on a more regular basis but I was sidetracked with getting a normal job and living a routine life....effectively limiting my scuba diving excursions to packaged four or five day all-inclusive trips to popular tourist destinations. A couple days ago, I received a note that I have been accepted to volunteer with an organization in Indonesia for four weeks after my time in Korea is through where I will be diving two times a day and monitoring local Manta Ray populations in the area. When I'm not in the water, I'll be teaching English to the local villagers and helping with various environmental conservation projects.
I can't really think of a better way to spend the time I'll have this fall before I start graduate school in Colombia next January.
Is this real life??? Check out a couple of the pictures of the area in Indonesia (Raja Ampat) that I'm headed to on October 16th!!!!