Updated: Apr 18

Traveling the world playing music was one of my life goals as a teenager. I did a lot of music in highschool. I played in many bands and musicals and enjoyed traveling for performances - I just loved it. I knew when I graduated I didn't want to do anything else, and just wanted to play music and travel and have fun adventures. I was born in Los Angeles but my family moved a couple of hours away to Palm Springs when I was little. It's in the Coachella Valley, where it's popular for Coachella Fest now, the big music festival. When I was there; before I moved; there was virtually no music scene. It's a big dry desert and at that time there was not much happening there for entertainment. Virtually nothing at all. Anyway, I was lucky to audition for an organization my senior year and got a full music scholarship to college and I was ready to go. So when I graduated high school I just wanted to leave the valley and see the world.

I'm happy to say that I did it and looking back always gives me some of my best memories. Making new friends and spending time abroad will enrich your life. I loved traveling and I look back on my time doing it as some of the best times of my life. This I know is true. I would also like to discuss some of false misconceptions most people have about traveling though - or things that might surprise you; things like "finding yourself, or whatever." Like somehow going away from your problems is going to solve your problems. It could maybe for some people; but I think it's the wrong outlook to have. Traveling is about experiencing and immersing yourself in other cultures. Otherwise you can miss out. You know did I suddenly realize some big life purpose or have a major epiphany? Not really... I've always been a pretty grounded person and already knew who I was.

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" I can tell you that it definitely shaped me though"

In terms of perspective; my values, my beliefs, I already knew who I was for the most part at my core. For me, this wasn't a mission to find myself. This was about fun and exploration. You don't need to travel the world to figure out who you are. If you got problems in your head, I guarantee those problems will stay with you no matter where you go. You're not suddenly a different person because you were dropped in a new time zone.

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