Remote Year Chronicles 01: The “Why”

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This is part one of a series chronicling my Remote Year journey from what initially compelled me to sell most of my belongings and travel the world for a year with a bunch of strangers, all the way to my thoughts on how the year has impacted me as I wrap up Month 12.

It was probably a Saturday evening in between the sixth and seventh episode of a typical Pitbulls and Parolees binge-watching marathon when the credits paused to ask: Are you still watching?

Not many things can bring me more joy than Tia Maria Torres matching a down-on-its-luck pitbull with a loving family, so all signs pointed to the answer being a resounding yes.

Before I resigned the fate of my Saturday night to be consumed by the good deeds of TMT, though, I had one of those moments when you see yourself in the reflection of the black TV screen and go “…yikes!”

I was 26 years old and living in one of the most fun cities in the US — Austin, TX. I should have been out with friends eating Via 313 pizza on Rainey...