It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I was celebrating the first moments of 2015 surrounded by fellow volunteers and many friendly Haitians in a small club in the mountains of La Vallée. Where did the last fifty-one weeks go?
So much has happened in those weeks that seemed to disappear each time I blinked. I spent the New Years in Haiti. I saw Maz Jobrani live in Los Angeles (and accidentally stayed at a hotel that was a block away from where they happened to be hosting the Oscars that weekend). I got a new camera. I went to Seattle and met one of my favorite authors George R. R. Martin. I made new friends. I saw Richard Armitage play John Proctor live, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch play Hamlet live. I started writing again. I read 22 amazing books. I started a new photography blog (and for those of you on Facebook, it would mean a lot if you would go and give it a like/follow). I finished my Master’s just a few weeks before my 22nd birthday. And I made a decision.
I have decided 2016 is going to be my sort of unofficial gap year. I have been dedicated to being a student for the last sixteen years of my life, and while I am more than grateful for all of my educational opportunities, I am glad to be done with school. It is time for me to start a new journey, perhaps that oh so cliché journey of self-discovery. I plan to spend most of 2016 exploring my passions, and I will be doing a good deal of this in…EUROPE. Yup, you read that right! I have been scrimping and saving for a while now, and I have decided to spend a good amount of 2016 exploring Europe, my passions, and the lives and cultures of other people. While I have no set departure date yet (I am still in final stages of planning), the plan is to leave around March/April with no set date of return. As for the early months of 2016, you can expect more pictures and stories, even a photo essay or two, and a more conclusive idea of my next great adventure.
I hope 2015 has been a great year for all of you, but I hope 2016 is even better!