Partway through my travels in Southeast Asia, I had a major realization: I wanted to be a writer. Today, on the one-year anniversary of my return from that trip, I’m excited to announce the release of my first book: The Millennial’s Guide to a Meaningful Life.
After a process that’s been as joyful as it was excruciatingly time-consuming, I can officially say that writing this has been one of the best experiences of my life. In the past two months I’ve done little else but stare at my computer screen, enveloped in a space where time flowed by in unreal, un-resisted waves, and I’ve never been more at peace.
The book is a synthesis of the most powerful personal development and philosophical concepts I’ve learned on a multi-year journey that’s taken me from an accounting firm in Los Angeles, through six months of solo backpacking in Southeast Asia, to my current residence in Melbourne, Australia. It’s part self-help workbook, part western Zen manual, and part quarter-life memoir.
Finally, you may remember the challenge I set at the end of last year, where I gave my dear friend Aaron an envelope containing a check for $500 which I’d written out to an infamous hate group. His instructions were to destroy the check if I had a book published on Amazon by April 15th, 2017, and mail it if not. He thankfully was able to do the former when I published the first, unpolished version of my book on April 12th, 2017.
Now, without further ado, I present Aaron ceremonially blending the check up into a smoothie and drinking it:
Thanks Aaron. It vicariously tastes like victory.