Scrambler

​An Australian Creative Director and Strategist fumbles through life in America. Live from New York.

An Australian Creative Director and Strategist fumbles through life New York City.

Perspective.

Living in China has made me a more insular person in a lot of ways. I spend a lot more time on my own than I did in Australia, mainly as a result of living on my own for two years. As such, you naturally spend a lot of time reflecting on yourself: your own problems, challenges, happiness and clarity. This is heightened by the constant, subconscious barrage that comes as a result of living immersed in such a different (and in many ways unrelatable) culture: you spend a lot of time thinking "I'd never do that. I'd never act that way., I'm better than that." Which, in turn, makes you feel like a bit of a dick.

As such, I try and take the time to realise (on a regular basis) I need to get perspective, and try to relate to the world and people around me. Sometimes things are good, and sometimes they are hard. But almost always, I have things really good, and am lucky. Great mates, great job, pretty great life. There will always be things I'd change, and I will have certain regrets to reflect on for the rest of my life: what If I'd acted differently? What if I'd been stronger? What if I hadn't given up? Where would I be now?

We all live in our own heads. But we all have so much in common, too. We all need perspective.