We're pretty normal - for the most part.
So it's Kenyon. Ken-YON. Definitely not like the country. I grew up in California, lived in New York for a bit, and went to school in Boston. It was around a year ago when I was in the middle of my last semester of college that I began to feel a lot of anxiety about my future. Here I was ending a major chapter in my life and nearing a mental benchmark I had set for myself for reaching success. I had done everything I was supposed to do--study a practical subject, work hard, get involved, travel when possible, take on internships--and yet I didn't feel fulfilled or successful. In fact, I felt trapped. I had invested so much of my time, energy, and money into this pursuit I had never taken the time to question. Now don't get me wrong, it's not something I regret. The last few years have formed who I am today. But I needed a change. I needed time to figure out what I want from life. And so I began looking into taking a year off to move to Australia.
A year later and I'm here, living on the other side of the world with no plans to go home. I'm learning to become more conscious, take better care of my body, eat healthier, see more, and most of all just relax for the love of God. The best part of it all is that I'm doing it with the person I love most. Four and a half year and counting. Success isn't what I used to think it was.
The other day while I was washing dishes in the kitchen for a trial shift I had at this vegan café in Bondi Junction, the woman who called me in for the trial (but ultimately didn't hire me, ugh) asked me "So Forest, what's your thing?" A question along the lines of "So, what do you do?" that will forever and always strike panic into my heart as I search for a response. I don't think that I have a thing, I told her as she responded in confusion and silence. I'm not sure I have or ever will have one "thing". However,
I love learning, I love growing, I love exploring, I love meeting new and interesting people who intimidate but also at the same time inspire me, I love my friends and family, I love fashion, I love math, I love music, I kind of want to be a model, I kind of want to be a math teacher, I kind of want to be a photographer, I kind of want to be a perpetual nomad, I kind of want to be a hedge fund manager and live in a penthouse in NY, and I think that we can solve all of the world's problems if we all just tried to be a little kinder to each other. Also, I'm from Maine.