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...