“I still see so many travel writers out there talking about how they travel indefinitely because they want to do something different and not be like everyone else who has a “real” boring job and settles down, gets married, and has kids. It’s like a rebellion in the travel blogging world — people are constantly priding themselves on having escaped the cubicle and taken a “different path.” What I’m seeing is so many people out there doing and saying the exact same thing, the same story over and over. I didn’t think I was brave for leaving the United States though I did, for a short period of time, breathe a sigh of relief that I was escaping that life of perceived doom … life in a cubicle, marriage, etc. But I now realize how arrogant that logic is. As I’ve said several times already, I be…lieve life is what you make it. Even if you have that office job, that marriage and yes, even children, you still can lead an adventurous and fulfilling life. Despite the naysayers. I’m not writing this just because I’m getting married but now that I am, I think it’s offensive to assume that people who follow a more traditional path lead unfulfilling lives. I think it’s high time certain travel bloggers stop acting as if by being perpetually nomadic they are escaping a death sentence. I want to read more about people who lead inspiring and adventurous lives while working in a variety of professions. I know I’ve complained about this before but as someone who loves to travel and enjoys reading about travel, it gets frustrating sometimes when I keep hearing the same thing. Just had to vent.”
I realize that this post (which I affixed in two travel blogger networks) offended some people. However, I don’t regret posting it because I hope that it inspired others to start thinking about life, happiness, and yes, travel blogging — differently.
With that being said, I’ve decided to revamp Bamboo Butterfly. I’ve been hesitant to deviate from my “Asia” theme, but I realize that this blog is not just about Asia.
I created this website as a way to document my own personal transformations, starting with the moment I left behind life as I knew it and moved to Taiwan. At that time, I was a scrawny caterpillar, struggling to find confidence and beauty within myself. Living in Taiwan and traveling through a few different parts of Asia pushed me forward into a cocoon of self-reflection, where I definitely needed to be. I may not fully be a butterfly yet but I believe that I’m continually transforming.
With the grace of God, I hope to become that butterfly one day.
Bamboo Butterfly will now chronicle not only the stories of the time I spent in Asia, but also my adventures in the present and in the future, wherever the road may lead.
Adventure can be had anywhere. Whether one is on the opposite side of the planet or in the middle of nowhere, U.S.A.
People who are passionate about travel and adventure will always find a way to explore the world. And sometimes, the biggest adventures have nothing to do with travel (such as getting married).
We all want a life less ordinary. We all want our lives to be unique and special, full of excitement and passion. But we all already live beautifully different lives. Whether we choose to add adventure and pursue our passions or not is completely up to us.
And so, the story continues. Thank you for being part of it!