The Emancipation of MeMe

Well, off to embark on the annual exploration of new cultures, customs, beaches, women, alcohol, and depending on how much alcohol, maybe some transvestites too. This year, I'll be off to see Argentina and Brazil, but I'll also be out to push my limits just a little further.

Lately, I've been in a rut. 3 years I've spent in Cupertino now. My life is routine and that doesn't sit well with me. There was a time when all I wanted was to own a home, get married, have kids, and be ridiculously good-looking. Now I must settle for just 1 of 4. My parents are pushing hard for me to buy a house, but I think I would kill myself if I had to live in the South Bay forever.

I actually thought I had figured myself out at 28, but turns out I was wrong. I'm confused about what I want. That's not a bad thing - I've always tried to grow my mind by taking on new challenges and experimenting outside of my comfort zone. I'd actually prefer not to have a comfort zone - it's what keeps you from seizing what is new and untested.

At 30, I've experienced a lot and seen a lot. I've seen a lot of death and I am at peace with it. That doesn't mean I'm not afraid of it, nor does it mean I embrace it, but it is a reality that I've always been keenly aware of. I don't know what this means.

Damn this screenplay for turning my life inside out. It has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and a breathtaking challenge. I don't know if it's the cause or the cure of my current woes, or whether I even have woes to begin with. All I know is that I'll sit and enjoy the company of many strangers on this trip and learn about their customs and traditions and be filled with the energy of their lives.....

Kevin L.
The Silicon Valley Bachelor

P.S. Who knows? Maybe I'll learn a thing or two about myself along the way.

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