"Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are." - Rousseau
When I was a kid all I wanted to do was become a Pokêmon master and travel the world earning badges and catching new Pokemon.
Several things were wrong with my initial plan.
At the time Pokémon was just a video game. There were no Pokémon to catch and no trainers to battle. Even if there were, unlike in the fantasy world, a 10 year old kid can't travel around the world all alone without adult supervision.
For a long time I was pissed off at the world because I couldn't live my dream of being a Pokemon master. I stopped talking to people. My grades started to decline. My hair grew long.
Eventually I realized that I was only making myself suffer by holding onto a dream that wasn't realistic in the present moment. Maybe one day we'll discover a planet full of Pokemon and I can live out my dream there. But until then I have to face the reality of my current situation.
I decided that if I couldn't become a Pokemon master that I'd do the next best thing, which was to travel the world, learn foreign languages and collect stories that I could throw at people in Pokeball sized capsules.
This is what I've been doing since 2010. Along the way I've been to 35+ countries, become fluent in 2 foreign languages and conversational in 3 more and lived through so many experiences that I often feel like a jaded old man.
I've learned a lot along the way about life, travel, languages, people, international business and a whole lot more. I'm far from an expert in anything that I do, but I know enough to be able to get you in trouble with your parents.
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