My name is Sally.
I’m a writer, teacher, performer, photographer, traveler, eater of many things (not just cookies… I swear!) and wearer of many hats (not just pink mini-top hats with feathers).I’m also a big huge scaredy cat.
In 2007, I left my life in Buffalo, New York, and my cat and my closet full of shoes to pursue a full-time university teaching job in Japan.
Three years after that, I left that job (and countless more shoes) and spent a year traveling and volunteering in Southeast Asia. I was a cat-sitter in rural Northern Thailand. I weeded rice paddies and helped build a sailboat in Malaysia. I worked for a very brief stint at a hostel in Laos (very brief… like one-night brief). I was a volunteer English teacher (and karaoke rock star!) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I’m currently back home again. For how long, I’m not sure.When people hear what I’ve been doing, they often say I’m brave.
I’m scared of everything; including, snakes, spiders, heights, high heels, motorbikes, monster trucks, large crowds, loud noises, open water, bonfires, firecrackers, contact lenses and ceiling fans. I will never willingly jump out of an airplane. I don’t ride my bicycle without a helmet. I only cross the street at the crosswalks (and god forbid I end up in a country without crosswalks — then I just won’t cross the street… like ever). On most days, I wake up convinced that this is the day I’m going to die — either via amoebic dysentery or monkey attack.
So, yeah, I’m not brave.But I am incredibly lucky. This helps. Plus, I have a supportive family and encouraging friends, a digestive tract made of steel and a ridiculous amount of faith in perfect strangers.
Sure, I’d like to be one of those brave people who can sky dive and scuba dive. Heck, I would love it if I could stay in a hotel room with a ceiling fan and not get the heebie jeebies.
But, I’m not one of those people… and that’s okay.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my years of traveling and living abroad, it’s that bravery is kind of like a closet full of cute shoes — nice but not necessarily required.