“Life is too short to stay in one town,” he told me “the world is a beautiful place.”
This is something I’ve considered for a long time. I have no kids and nothing tying me down to my current city. My biggest concern was always the money.
“It’s surprisingly cheap” he reassured me that “I ran what is called a ‘monkey business’.
“Monkey business” was basically personal exporting. He would for example buy LED toys in China and sell them in Norway. Because Norway experiences long dark winters, the toys were a great seller.
He would ask her “Aren’t you afraid at all? I am a stranger.”
She would shrug and say she wasn’t worried.
He did warn me about people too.
“All you can do is be on your way. There will be good and bad people, but either way they have something to teach you.”
The whole conversation lit a fire in me. Hopefully by this time next year I’ll be writing from Prague, Spain, Italy, or even Morocco! He made me realize the things I want are in my reach, and I’m not afraid anymore.