When I pictured my life at 23, it looked nothing like this. In my mind I figured I’d have a nice little apartment in Boston or San Francisco. Work in recruiting or marketing at some top firm. Go to yoga in the mornings and cook dinner with friends in the evenings. And that would be that.
Instead, I just wrapped up my first harvest in Napa, went back to Boston to visit, spent some time at home and am now sitting in a small apartment somewhere in Paris. Not to mention I fly to Australia to work at a winery for four months the day I get back.
So yeah, nothing like I imagined. While I’ve known for years my ultimate goal is to run a winery, I always figured I’d work a normal job first, save up some money, etc. However after graduation and wwoofing on a vineyard in Tuscany, I realized that waiting was pointless. This was where I belonged, and if I truly wanted to become great at it now was as good a time to start as any.
I also knew I wanted to end up back in California, and although it meant leaving Boston sooner than I hoped this path definitely made that possible. So I just started applying, by some miracle landed a position in Napa, and before I knew it was packing my bags and driving cross-country.
And now here we are. 2017 and the start of the most whirlwind six months of my life. From my next harvest down in Clare Valley I’ll be traveling around with friends for about two months to places like Spain, Croatia, Scandinavia, Ireland, and maybe even Thailand. Because I’m young, healthy, and can’t imagine a better time to do something like this in my life.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little bit nervous. While I’ve traveled a lot, I’ve never been out of the country for more than six weeks, let alone on my own. And knowing me, a million things could go wrong. I lose personal belongings at an astonishing rate. My vegan diet means no animal products and people rarely seem to get that. Not to mention the whole starting a brand new job thing.
Most of all though I’m going to miss the people I’m leaving behind. Sure we have Facetime, Snapchat, and Instagram but going months without seeing their faces is bound to be torture. Luckily traveling with an open mind means endless chances to meet new people and make friends along the way.
So cheers to the new year and all the adventures yet to be! And remember, even if life never turns out the way we planned we sure as hell can make the most of it.