Essay about Life Changing Trip

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In the summer of 2006 I was inspired to do something that inherently would never have even crossed my mind. I was born and bred to be risk averse. My parents, the resolute material providers that they are, taught me not to fend for myself, but rather to avoid confrontation altogether. Their eastern culture centric and old-fashioned way of child rearing has had a profound effect on the way I lived my life. However, their penchant for negative reinforcement and their inability to show physical affection never impeded me on having a fulfilling and moderately successful life. One great void, or what I perceived as such, was my lack of worldly experience. I was eligible to apply for a US passport for at least five years before I finally decided…show more content…
I often wonder what type of person I would have been had I stayed in Taiwan and grew up without the rigors and challenges that come with blending into a new culture. Only in hindsight do I realize that having spent most of my formative years trying to be like everyone else around me, I never allowed my inner self to grow. I was never encouraged by my parents to be inquisitive, to explore the unknown, and to dare to be different. I have no doubt they were all of those things themselves, because they are both extraordinary persons, having achieved measurable success by capturing the “American Dream.” When I sat down with them over Thanksgiving break, I interviewed them and confirmed that what they wanted was the best for me – “The path of least resistance” (1) and they felt obliged to provide that path by shielding and guiding me away from the unknown, even though they endured and prospered from their worldly experiences. In 2006 I finally decided to take a chance and dared to be different. This led me to a chain of decisions that literally brings me here today. First, my employer propositioned me to move to New York City to work for our New York office. Had they asked a year prior, I probably would have declined the offer due to my fear of the unknown and risk aversive nature, but not in 2006. With little consultation and input from my parents I took that leap of faith. Coinciding with this major decision was a dear friend’s wedding in London in the

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