Monday, December 11, 2006

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.

Vancouver HDR Landscape, originally uploaded by Buffett Jr.

I am sitting here, two weeks before Christmas 2006, trying to figure out how best to explain to my family that I will be leaving my stable job with a promising future in order to spend away the entirety of my life's savings traveling around the world -- oh, and working for free. They also don't know about Harvard or about the University of Cambridge. Or Africa. That last one will go over really well.

I am overseen by four families -- a byproduct not of mafia connections but by two remarried parents on my side, and two more remarried parents on my wife's side. I can see the four families taking this news one of two ways -- either they will see this as a remarkable opportunity, or they will see it as an enormous waste of time and money. Or, maybe they will see it all as a remarkable opportunity but don't want me getting killed in Africa. It should be no mystery where I stand. It is rare in life to have no children, no mortgage, and yet have the time, money, and inclination to pull off something like this next year and a half. Aside from possibly winning the lottery, I see only one way of ever having an opportunity like this, and that is by being a career switcher. You can't do it immediately out of college, because you don't have any money. You can't do it once you have a job, because you don't have any time. Thus, the only way any of this could be possible is by deciding to switch careers, and deciding to do so before you have children. I had already decided to apply to business school, but it wasn't until about halfway through the process that I figured all of this out and realized the new door this situation had opened up, and I would be a fool not to step through.

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more. I find Shakespeare's words apt for the coming changes in my life. You know, by the end of my fourth year of college, I was so happy to finish school and start my career, it would have been incredulous to think of coming back for more -- of stepping once more unto the breach. Okay, so yes these words come from a battle cry in Henry V, which may not be the most appropriate way to describe going back to school and embarking on a thorough and profound educational experience, but in some ways I think it fits.

I don't yet have any meaningful pictures of "the year to remember" because it hasn't yet begun. So in the mean time, I will post a few photos from my last trip. Here, I have included a high dynamic range photograph of Vancouver which I took last summer during a trip to British Columbia. My Vancouver shots are accompanied by a set of photographs I took on Gabriola Island. If you're interested, I would encourage you to check out the Gabriola Island set here.

I'm looking forward to spending the next year and a half with you.

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