Today’s my birthday, and to celebrate and kick off this next year I decided to step outside my comfort zone a bit. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a nut for travel and that I’ve done it a good bit for work over the last 10 or so years. (I’ve been lucky to go to places like South Africa, Kenya, The Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Peru, Palau, and many places in Europe and the Caribbean.) Too, then, if you know me, you also know that competition scares me and that I hate few things more than having my picture (or video) taken. But sometimes you have to take a chance to get what you want, and there was no better day to do that than today, as I start my 35th year. Here’s how.
A few weeks ago I stumbled onto a site called DreamJobbing, which offers competitors a chance at, well, dream jobs in various industries. Mine? Going to Thailand for two weeks to care for elephants. To get it? Competitors have to submit—gasp!—a video audition. I lost two weeks of voting time thanks to my fear of making that minute-long video (and the thought of people actually watching it), but I decided this morning that the opportunity was too good to pass up. So, at 5:30 this morning, makeup-free and unscripted, I made my little video and clicked “Submit.” You can watch it—and vote—here (that’s me in the turtle shell).
There are only 12 days left in the voting process so I might be too late to the game to be a real contender, but somehow, just making that video and putting it out there for everyone to see feels strangely liberating. Winning that experience would certainly be sweet, but for now I’ll take satisfaction from knowing that I started a fresh, new year with a little adventure of my own.
Thanks for voting, if you do!