MeSo you’re wondering who I am and how exactly I got to be stranded here in some remote corner of the Americas, hunh?  Well, it goes like this: somewhere between the middle and the end of biomedical engineering school, I realized that sitting in the lab and running research experiments all day just wasn’t for me.  Actually, that’s an understatement, it was driving me crazy.  So I decided to sit down and think about my future and re-prioritize, basically plan out where I wanted my life to go… only this plan wasn’t based on diagrams, box-charts, or empirical formulas, it only had a starting point and a destination, and everything in between was an adventure and an opportunity.

Well now it’s time to return to passion, exploration, and the pursuit of true satisfaction – leaving behind the world of investment properties, luxury cars and strip-malls. I must admit, although I’m sure that many don’t care to hear it, that I had become completely jaded with the values of the society around me before leaving the U.S., as well as the compromises to their dreams and consciences that people were willing to make. It was as though financial superiority, media dictated priorities, and social conformism were the number one motivators for the decisions made by the vast majority and the simple truth that they lived in a country where they had the rare ability to pursue their own true ambitions, manifest their own dreams, and make innovative and profound changes in the world, had either been forgotten or never realized to begin with.

Ironically, after searching desperately for friends who completed me and who saw the world through the same eyes as me, I finally found them, and through them my own individual purpose became clear. Their creativity, ambition, and departure from the stereotype inspired me to follow my own desires, and hence my voyage was born. And now, I follow the first path that I have genuinely set out for myself, born in those first days of clarity after having shaken the shackles of the intellectual harnessing of the modern perception of a “sensible” career path. I know that with this decision, I am embarking on the journey of solidifying my will to persevere in the face of adversity, tempering my endurance against great physical and mental obstacles, and honing the wisdom and knowledge that I will need to one day be the change that I wish to see in the world. Its not the journey that completes me – its the belief that through this journey, I empower myself to accomplish any task that I choose to fulfill, regardless of the odds which may stand in my way or the length of the road that lies before me.


3 Responses to “A New Beginning”

  1. January 13, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Nice one! Just found the blog! I am on a year trip as well!
    Have a nice one and maybe we meet some day man!

  2. 2 maryann
    February 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Hey Paul! It’s Maryann, Lorraine & Hasan & Jason & Serap’s friend… hope you haven’t forgotten me. Happy 1 year anniversary!! I am so jealous of you… despite all the horrors and inconveniences you’ve encountered, you are on a journey of a lifetime. Last year around June I was hoping to meet up with you… let me know where you’ll be this June, and maybe my friend and I can plan something. I really would love to catch up with you! If I had money I’d totally send it your way, I’m broke at the moment and hoping to start working soon. Anyway, please keep in touch! You are a fabulous writer and photographer. I expect a book (or two!). xoxo!

  3. 3 ipedaler
    February 11, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Maryann! Would love to get together this June – am still feeling a little guilty for not making it last year (when I was oh so close!). Not sure just yet where June will take me, but after I get to Lima in the next few weeks and have a chance to firm up my plans, will definitely let ya know!

    Until then, stay well and wishing you all the best!


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