never in a million years did i think i would end up writing postcards for a living on a little island cradled in the depths of an endless ocean, but somehow along the way, i found myself here. guided by my hunger for curiosity...a little whisper within gave me wings. when others found out i was leaving everything behind and moving to hawaii with a one way ticket, the response i received from nearly every single person was, "oh, for a job? for work? for money?" as if though there was no justifiable reason for choosing my happiness, unless it was tethered to an external source of security. i looked at them and told them that i was following my dream. they looked at me like i was crazy. why, when we meet someone for the first time, do we ask, "what you do?" why do we ask children, "what they want to be when you grow up?" why don't we ask, "what makes you happy?" or "what is your passion in life?" we wonder why we feel lost, when we are conditioned to sacrifice purpose for the illusion of safety. i still remember when my self worth was determined by the numbers next to my name. memorizing mindless facts. consumed by competition. i have learned more, from a single year on my own in world, than i have in 18 sitting in a classroom. i've learned to fall in love with uncertainty. with the fluidity of this life, ever changing. ever growing. ever expanding. it's okay, to not know. to make life up as you go along. no one has it all figured out. everyone just pretends as though they do, going through the motions, even if they feel empty inside. the only ones who will ever ridicule you are the ones who ache for your courage. who have forgotten, how to be free. do not allow those who have abandoned their dreams to steal away your own. you are the architect of your existence. you were not placed here to follow the crowd. nothing worth having comes easily. if you do what everyone else has done, you will be where everyone else has been. sometimes life comes down to risking everything for a dream, that no one can see but you. question everything. rewrite your own rules. chase what makes you feel alive. and one day...you will wake up living.