My wandering friend, a traveling writer and photographer who shall remain unnamed, recently sent me an email from the Himalayas. I was very moved by his words, and I hope his wisdom can inspire us to pursue the dreams within.
“Congratulations! I am happy for you that you had the courage to reject the safe and secure, but ultimately unsatisfying path that was laid out for you by your circumstances and pursue the life of your choice. Of course none of us knows how our lives will play out. And it is not until we look back many years hence that we will know whether the choices we made today were the right ones. But as long as you act in good conscience and with deliberation to make every effort to live the life of your choice, then I think you have no cause for fear. Of course if you pursue your dreams, failure is a possibility. But on the other hand, if you don’t pursue them then failure is an absolute certainty. So it seems to me that the odds are in your favor.”
It’s been a little over a month since I’ve left neuroscience graduate school to pursue a new career. My journey is currently facing the double edge sword brought about by change. Early on, I quickly realized that with avid support comes great cynicism. Handshakes and hugs are equaled by looks of misunderstanding and intimidation, and admiration is met with jealousy. And yet every morning I face the world with a smile, my head held high as I keep on truckin’, because after all, America assures us that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -Bobby Kennedy
My biography is about as unorthodox as the trail that I’m currently blazing. Born in Moscow (Russia), my family and I moved to Munich (Germany) at the age of 4. I spent my golden years of childhood there, years that pass too quickly we can all agree. Before my 10th birthday I was back in a foreign land, finding myself outcast, deaf and mute to my English speaking surroundings – welcome to America! Continue reading