Now it’s quarter-life crisis #2. Having just been laid-off, I began re-prioritizing my life. This was an opportunity of a lifetime. With my 100 hour work weeks, I used to dream about what I would do if I could just take one day off.
Getting laid-off is not ideal, but I quickly realized that it answered my long time desire for (temporary) “early retirement” and an escape from a job that I was miserable at. The minute I entered my apartment, I tossed all my papers aside and jumped on my computer, immediately logging onto all the travel sites I could find.
I’d pretty much spent my entire adulthood in the United States without needing a car. Then I moved to Guam.
“It would be rare for me to arrive into a city and not have a friend who is there to give me a place to crash or a business connection,” said Justin Bedard, the executive director of the JUMP! Foundation. “I can safely say that a considerable amount of JUMP’s development has been fueled by my TCK network.”
In truth, the United States was one of the most foreign countries I had ever visited.
Brian Linton, 24, was recently named to Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.” A lifelong lover of water, Linton decided that creating a business was the best way to have a real impact on cleaning the oceans in a globalized way.
Today, I live in a place where I have no say: the United States — and could have a say in places where I do not live: Switzerland, Canada and Iran. I hold a right to three votes that I believe many others are more entitled to, and have no entitlements where I think my vote should count.