On February 29, 2012, I canceled all my job interviews and bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok instead.
still probably the best status update I’ve made
Ten months later, on January 2, 2013, I canceled another one in Melbourne and decided I still wasn’t ready to report to an office everyday, even if it would be in Australia.
I had decided to settle down in Melbourne for a while after getting a bit tired of the constant unpacking and repacking, meeting and leaving, moving and asking directions that is backpacking in a foreign country. I wanted to cook for myself, I wanted a bike, I wanted a bed of my own, I wanted to hang out with friends and do normal person things like go to BBQs, date, attend local shows, know everyone at a house party, and watch movies at peoples’ houses. (All these things have happened in the month I’ve been here, and it’s been exactly what I was looking for.) I studied in Melbourne for a year back in 2008 so I know and love this city well, and still have friends around.
Carlton Gardens - my neighborhood park
I also planned to look for a job, since Australia is crazy expensive. I already have a part-time job I do online, but it’s not quite covering my Aussie expenses so I figured I’d get another one to restock some savings for my travel after Australia. I love Melbourne and expected to stay here a few months at least, so went searching for full- or part-time office work. Job hunting is weirdly one of my hobbies, so I usually find what I’m looking for, and in this case found a couple of positions that would suit my background and interests well. Not long after I submitted my application I heard back from the one I figured I would have the best shot at, for a project management position at a big international game company with an office in Melbourne. I scheduled an interview and began the familiar preparation process.
Except, unlike most times I’ve had interviews, I just couldn’t get that excited about it. I knew I could get it and I knew it would be good experience and probably pay well, and yet… nah. My time here is just too precious, too good to waste behind a computer indoors.
I gave it some thought and figured, how many more opportunities will I have to live and play in beautiful, vibrant Melbourne during the summer?
And, how many more opportunities will I have to work in an office?