I’m formerly a 2D/3D computer graphics artist (I made art for video games). I’ve also juggled a career in professional portrait photography for models, actors, and entertainers.
What are you supposed to do when you realize the life you have no longer fits the life you want? I don’t know. Because what works best for one person doesn’t necessarily work best for another. I can, however, tell you what I did.
I quit my job, terminated my lease, and sold everything that wouldn’t fit in my car. And this was only the beginning. A short time later, I began a multi-faceted project incorporating five of the things I was most passionate about:
- Connecting with people in a meaningful way
This project — which would later become known as “ZDXP” — would lead me to become the protagonist in a real-life choose-your-own-adventure where the internet would tell me where to go and what to do when I got there. I spent nearly 2 years criss-crossing the United States on an epic road trip covering over 60,000 miles.
It was supposed to be fun — and some of it was — but it was also far more challenging than I ever expected in ways that I could never have anticipated. It changed my life, my relationships, and my view of the world. In short, it changed everything.
When my cross country travels finally came to an end, my journey along the path less traveled continued. And it did so in ways I didn’t expect. Because, when it comes down to it, life is a journey. And when you take the path less traveled, you are far less likely to know what you’ll get than you will by following the footsteps of others. But one thing you can almost be certain of, the challenges you face beyond your comfort zone will trigger personal growth beyond anything a person typically experiences living in the confines of comfort.
It is from my journey along the path less traveled that I use real-life experiences as a foundation for learning and sharing life’s lessons. I am not here to glorify the path less traveled, I’m simply here to share what I’ve learned from it.
Map of my travels (ZDXP)
Note: this map doesn’t represent all stops, just major ones. Also, you can view some of my photography from my journey on 500px.