Taking chances

Throughout my life, I came across a few forks in the road. Growing up, there were so many possible paths. Parents, teachers, friends and environment would try to advise and influence which path I should take. As years passed, those paths eventually became one clearly defined road, where I knew exactly what was on the other end, shining brighter with every step.

Every now and then, I came across smaller paths. Some were dark and gave chills down my spine. Some veiled in mist, inviting me to take a peek on what could be on the other side. Most of the time, these paths were so obscure that I was more likely to pass by them without noticing.

I was on the the golden path with a high profile role and generous income at a great tech company. I worked with incredibly smart, driven yet humble people, and I was highly respected internally and externally. Truth be told, my rational side thought I was crazy to leave the yellow brick road and wandered down the startup path (that didn't really work out... a story for another time). After 9 months at this startup, it never felt quite right, so I got off the train and bid them adieu.

I was the person who always had the answers or plans for what to do next. For the first time in my life, I don't really have answers or plans. Am I concerned? Of course. Before I resolved to quit, I agonized over my decision for months while developing several exit scenarios. Looking back, I tried so hard to make my first startup experience successful that I started to compromise on my own values and happiness. 

To me, travel allowed me to learn more about myself. It challenges me to think outside-the-box, conquer fears, be more open and consider new possibilities. Ultimately, travel allowed me to take back my most valuable asset, time. Time to heal, empower, and create. 

Now, I want to use the time to share. I've traveled to a lot of places, and I haven't done the best job at sharing these experiences with others. "Home" is not defined by a physical location, but all the connections made and relationships built. This blog was a long time coming, and it will be a collection of my thoughts, dreams and observations while on the road. 

I hope to see some of you during my travels. Thanks for reading.

<3 Koh