Tell Me All About Your Sexy Self

 

I’m at a club in Buenos Aires, out with a few friends I met through other friends, all of us now first-tier friends because of the great night we’ve had so far.

After dinner at a 4-star restaurant and about a bottle of wine apiece, we hopped a cab to this place – not sure what it’s called…if I had to guess I would say ‘Rampage’ or ‘Stumbleshot’ or ‘Shatterflux’ or something equally intense, as if it were brainstormed over caffeine and Ritalin, not alcohol and burgers – and now I’m looking at a girl who was pushed in my direction by her friend.

‘She looks a LOT like her friend,’ I’m thinking as we go through the motions of introducing ourselves. And why is she standing so close? That’s really weird. I know this is a club, but personal space? What happened to personal space?

She’s telling me about school and why she’s wants to be a veterinarian and I’m thinking ‘Jesus, she and her friend look EXACTLY alike. I mean, that must have planned this. There’s no way it’s an accident that they look so similar. I know people are drawn to other people who look similar – it’s some kind of sociological premise I can’t think of the name for off the top of my head – but damn. That’s really strange.’

She tells me about her dog.

It’s my turn and I recite my lines.

I say lines because since I started traveling, I’ve had to explain my situation to so many people that I’ve got the words and presentation down pat. I usually tell part of the story then allow a moment for reaction. Then I clarify by telling the rest of the story and let them tell me how strange/interesting/awesome it is that I’m doing what I’m doing, don’t I get lonely, how can I afford it, where have I been, etc etc etc.

I know that if I don’t get any kind of reaction, or if it’s just a polite ‘oh that’s interesting,’ then I’ll leave out the second part of the presentation. I don’t want to bore people with the details if they’re not into it, and honestly it’s kind of a relief not to tell someone my life story right upon meeting them, which is something that tends to happen a bit too frequently these days (since a lot of background information is required to explain where I am and why…it all ties together).

I finish up the second portion of my elevator explanation and the girl looks at me slightly agog, not sure whether to be impressed or offended by my career path (a common response), and then smiles her cutest smile and says ‘Oh wow, you must meet a LOT of girls.’

This is where I’m supposed to flirt. I know this part. I kind of wanted to know about about veterinary school and how one starts their our practice (other professions fascinate me to no end), but I don’t think that’s what she wants to talk about. Ahhhh, fine. ‘Quite a few, I suppose, but you….’ and on and on and on.

Getting to the Good Stuff

It’s INCREDIBLY rewarding seeing the the repercussions of telling people what you do – I hear from people all the time who tell me that what I’m doing helped catalyze their own brazen adventures and risky decisions, and those kinds of messages really help make the whole thing worthwhile.

A big part of why I started traveling was to find out more about other people and how they live and how they see the world. Conversations like the one above give me a good bit of information, but it seems the more my story circulates the less of this kind of information I’m able to glean – instead it’s one question after another about this or that aspect of my life (or in this case, pushing right on to the flirting, which is fun but not usually very educational).

So do me a solid and tell me something about yourself, your life and what you’re up to. I’ve heard from a good number of my readers already, and so far I’ve been super-impressed by the caliber of people hanging out here, but I want to hear from even more.

I’m having a really fantastic time doing what I’m doing, and I think that I’m able to do this is pretty crazy awesome, too, but what you’re doing with your life and where you want to be and how you see the world…that’s the kind of thing that really inspires me and keeps my perspective fresh and well-rounded.

If you have the time, take a few minutes and get in touch by filling out the form below. This will send an email to me and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Alternatively, you can just leave a comment on this post!

Tell me anything and everything you like…write me a fortune cookie or write me a novella. Either way, I can’t wait to make your e-acquaintance!

23 comments

  1. Hello everyone, my name is Richard Riley. I’m a lifestyle design addict.

    I am newly 23 years old. I went to Bradley University in Illinois where I majored in Finance after switching from International Business (wish I stuck with that….oh well). I recently got a job at State Farm making $8.50/hr. answering phone calls from agents with questions like, “Will this new printer we’re getting print pictures of houses?” Ughh…needless to say, it’s not a fulfilling job (but I am thankful for having a job!). This is probably why I’m so interested in lifestyle design and breaking away from the norm.

    When I was 21 I went to China and then 4 months later went to Mexico. I definitely knew at this point that I wanted a lifestyle that allowed me to travel the world on a whim. So, over the past 4 months, I’ve been working on my ‘freedom’ business, Worthy Cause Apparel. The website is forth coming (two more weeks….hopefully) and I will launch with 6 t-shirt designs. Each design is associated with a charity and then half the profit of the shirt goes to that charity.

    Last year I got accepted into the AIESEC, a student organization that offers paid internships in other countries, but since it’s only temporary – I’m looking for something more long term – I’ve decided to put my focus on my own business and other entrepreneurial projects instead of taking advantage of the opportunity. I’m really hoping this works, because I got the travel bug bad. Real bad.

    I’m hoping to travel to Thailand (I got enough flyer miles for a free ticket thanks to Chris’ info over at The Art of Non-Conformity) by the end of this year so that I’ll never have to go through another winter ever again.

    Also, Colin, great idea for a post. People like to talk about themselves and I’ve always been fascinated by other peoples’ lives as well. It will be interesting to see what all your other followers are up to!

  2. Hello everyone, my name is Richard Riley. I’m a lifestyle design addict.

    I am newly 23 years old. I went to Bradley University in Illinois where I majored in Finance after switching from International Business (wish I stuck with that….oh well). I recently got a job at State Farm making $8.50/hr. answering phone calls from agents with questions like, “Will this new printer we’re getting print pictures of houses?” Ughh…needless to say, it’s not a fulfilling job (but I am thankful for having a job!). This is probably why I’m so interested in lifestyle design and breaking away from the norm.

    When I was 21 I went to China and then 4 months later went to Mexico. I definitely knew at this point that I wanted a lifestyle that allowed me to travel the world on a whim. So, over the past 4 months, I’ve been working on my ‘freedom’ business, Worthy Cause Apparel. The website is forth coming (two more weeks….hopefully) and I will launch with 6 t-shirt designs. Each design is associated with a charity and then half the profit of the shirt goes to that charity.

    Last year I got accepted into the AIESEC, a student organization that offers paid internships in other countries, but since it’s only temporary – I’m looking for something more long term – I’ve decided to put my focus on my own business and other entrepreneurial projects instead of taking advantage of the opportunity. I’m really hoping this works, because I got the travel bug bad. Real bad.

    I’m hoping to travel to Thailand (I got enough flyer miles for a free ticket thanks to Chris’ info over at The Art of Non-Conformity) by the end of this year so that I’ll never have to go through another winter ever again.

    Also, Colin, great idea for a post. People like to talk about themselves and I’ve always been fascinated by other peoples’ lives as well. It will be interesting to see what all your other followers are up to!

  3. @Richard: Sounds like you’re in a good spot, Richard. Kudos to you for making the tough decision to focus on your future plans rather than jumping the gun and traveling now! I think you’ve got a great plan and I can’t wait to see how it pans out!

  4. @Richard: Sounds like you’re in a good spot, Richard. Kudos to you for making the tough decision to focus on your future plans rather than jumping the gun and traveling now! I think you’ve got a great plan and I can’t wait to see how it pans out!

  5. Hey Colin, it’s inspiring to read blogs from people like you. I’m about to go to Melbourne, Australia for 6+ months for a graduation project in computer science. It’ll be my first long stay abroad (as opposed to comparatively short holidays) and I’m sure it’ll be fun. I’ll keep a blog during that time which is also my first blogging experience. It’s in Dutch to enable the people back home to read it but who knows, it may just be the start of building my online presence. Actually, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be!

  6. Hey Colin, it’s inspiring to read blogs from people like you. I’m about to go to Melbourne, Australia for 6+ months for a graduation project in computer science. It’ll be my first long stay abroad (as opposed to comparatively short holidays) and I’m sure it’ll be fun. I’ll keep a blog during that time which is also my first blogging experience. It’s in Dutch to enable the people back home to read it but who knows, it may just be the start of building my online presence. Actually, it’s pretty much guaranteed to be!

  7. Ok, filled your form, it’s really fun to see that we are becoming a bit of a community here and a very interesting one, even when I can’t post comments as often as i would like.

    Ohh true, things I may have forgotten to mention. I’m graphic designer/web developer/amateur writer, a Japanese culture fan and a Buddhist at heart, really weird combination for a Mexican guy.

    Currently with a stable job that pays for those little extra things that I like, planning to quit it in a couple of years once I buy a house for my parents.

    I hope to be able to take Kyudo classes (Japanese Archery) since I’m really drawn to the discipline you need to actually use a bow. I need to import a bow and that is not an easy or cheap task lol.

    I guess that’s all for now, but if you want to know more just “Speak!”

  8. Ok, filled your form, it’s really fun to see that we are becoming a bit of a community here and a very interesting one, even when I can’t post comments as often as i would like.

    Ohh true, things I may have forgotten to mention. I’m graphic designer/web developer/amateur writer, a Japanese culture fan and a Buddhist at heart, really weird combination for a Mexican guy.

    Currently with a stable job that pays for those little extra things that I like, planning to quit it in a couple of years once I buy a house for my parents.

    I hope to be able to take Kyudo classes (Japanese Archery) since I’m really drawn to the discipline you need to actually use a bow. I need to import a bow and that is not an easy or cheap task lol.

    I guess that’s all for now, but if you want to know more just “Speak!”

  9. I quit my job on my 25th birthday (a year ago). I traveled 9 countries in Southeast Asia over 4 months. I had the best time of my life. I met lets of interesting people, learned a lot about society, life, and myself. I blogged almost every day and got lots of great photos.

    I’m back in Los Angeles now, working again. But I suspect that won’t be my last adventure. It is the ebb and flow of life.

    Colin,
    Your writing is excellent–fun, diverse, and thoughtful. Keep it up!

  10. I quit my job on my 25th birthday (a year ago). I traveled 9 countries in Southeast Asia over 4 months. I had the best time of my life. I met lets of interesting people, learned a lot about society, life, and myself. I blogged almost every day and got lots of great photos.

    I’m back in Los Angeles now, working again. But I suspect that won’t be my last adventure. It is the ebb and flow of life.

    Colin,
    Your writing is excellent–fun, diverse, and thoughtful. Keep it up!

  11. My name is Rose and I’m currently living in Rotorua, originally from Taranaki. (New Zealand) I work in retail (easy job but the old gals I work with are a bit of a challenge) and I’m studying art through correspondence. I’m also saving to go on an overseas trip so I’ve been doing alot of budgeting and researching, I’d really like to get out of my comfort zone and do something exciting.
    Seen you on the breakfast show mate, it’s a pleasure to have you here. :)

  12. My name is Rose and I’m currently living in Rotorua, originally from Taranaki. (New Zealand) I work in retail (easy job but the old gals I work with are a bit of a challenge) and I’m studying art through correspondence. I’m also saving to go on an overseas trip so I’ve been doing alot of budgeting and researching, I’d really like to get out of my comfort zone and do something exciting.
    Seen you on the breakfast show mate, it’s a pleasure to have you here. :)

  13. Alright Colin, you’re always a fun read. I’ll tell you a wee bit about myself but not about my ‘sexy self’, ha.

    My name is Moon and I graduated with a BS in Comp Sci. First job was hell as cust. support rep, found second job for local school district where I’m wasting days away 8-4:30p.m.

    It’s not for me. Moving in mid-June to San Diego, don’t know how to break it to the ‘rents (they won’t take it well) and my sister will be moving with me.

    I hope not to end up at another lame job in CA. I’d love to explore CA, as I fell in love with it on my last 2 east to west coast trips.

    There. That’s all I’m telling you!

  14. Alright Colin, you’re always a fun read. I’ll tell you a wee bit about myself but not about my ‘sexy self’, ha.

    My name is Moon and I graduated with a BS in Comp Sci. First job was hell as cust. support rep, found second job for local school district where I’m wasting days away 8-4:30p.m.

    It’s not for me. Moving in mid-June to San Diego, don’t know how to break it to the ‘rents (they won’t take it well) and my sister will be moving with me.

    I hope not to end up at another lame job in CA. I’d love to explore CA, as I fell in love with it on my last 2 east to west coast trips.

    There. That’s all I’m telling you!

  15. As tempting as it was to copy and paste the bio from my Myspace page, I’m going to write something new. I’m an English major, working on a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I’m a writer. I write all kinds of stuff including songs, poems, shorts, articles, and um…fiction. Having fun is my main priority, traveling is second. I’ve been told by my family and friends that I have an obsession with everything Asian but I don’t think that’s too accurate. Oh and the word job scares me. I’m definitely more the entrepreneur type…I’ll have some kind of online education thing going before the year’s out.

  16. As tempting as it was to copy and paste the bio from my Myspace page, I’m going to write something new. I’m an English major, working on a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I’m a writer. I write all kinds of stuff including songs, poems, shorts, articles, and um…fiction. Having fun is my main priority, traveling is second. I’ve been told by my family and friends that I have an obsession with everything Asian but I don’t think that’s too accurate. Oh and the word job scares me. I’m definitely more the entrepreneur type…I’ll have some kind of online education thing going before the year’s out.

  17. Colin – I just found you’re blog and I’m loving it! Like a modern day Kerouac. I had the opportunity to live two summers like that back in college, and miss those days (sometimes).

    Nowadays, I’m happily married with two kids and an exciting job. My goal now is to find ways to live adventurously, fulfill my curiosities, and change the world – all while maintaining my responsibilities to provide for my family. And of course to inspire my kids to always be kids.

    Keep doing what you’re doing.

  18. Colin – I just found you’re blog and I’m loving it! Like a modern day Kerouac. I had the opportunity to live two summers like that back in college, and miss those days (sometimes).

    Nowadays, I’m happily married with two kids and an exciting job. My goal now is to find ways to live adventurously, fulfill my curiosities, and change the world – all while maintaining my responsibilities to provide for my family. And of course to inspire my kids to always be kids.

    Keep doing what you’re doing.

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  20. My name is Magen Rainstar Flowers. I’m from Texas. I’m currently trying to decide whether to live in an RV so that I can buy some land and build a “tumbleweed” house with my own hands, or live on a boat for a while and sail around a bit. I’ve also been offered a chance to move to North Dakota, but methinks it’s a might too cold there.

  21. Howdy, sexy people…

    Alex here. I’m a promotional writer + pro-active pimp. I crank out copy for marketing agencies, entrepreneurs + pro-bloggers. I’ve been 100% grade-A freelance for 207 days. I’m expanding my digital empire with vim + vigor.

    I live in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, by way of New Zealand, via Los Angeles.

    In a past life, I was probably a renegade archer. Or a unicorn.

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  23. Pleased to talk with you Colin.
    My name es Alex, an ordinary high school student that came back from an exchange in Japan since last year(for a year),i really enjoyed such experience and i think that anyone should travel if they can it really broadens ones view and teaches you alot of things. I am finishing my last year of high school and will study law in the university shortly after i finish school.

    I live in Panama.

    I plan on becoming an official english and japanese translator.

    I really enjoy reading your blog because your posts are so entertaining and enlightening!, i am inspired to become a minimalist from reading your blog,ill get that started once i finish high school.

    Keep Going Colin.

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