I’ve always wanted to drive across the country I just never thought I’d quit my job to do it Let me back up As long as I can remember I wanted to make films and tell stories But having traditional parents: that wasn’t safe for them You know the meme that goes: “hey dad, I want to be an actor,” and he says “son It’s pronounced doctor.” That was my life. So I took the traditional route and studied computer science. On the side, I made films tried to make a difference But ultimately I took the job that every parent can brag about at dinner parties Coming out of college, I took a job thinking I would change the world. Hell, I thought I was the change… at the beginning I made the most of every day, and it was novel and exciting I was working with interesting people and I made it my mission to learn something new every day I had a spark – learn, innovate, fail repeat repeat But over time things started to change The novelty was gone and my life became routine I drank the same coffee, made the same calls, took the same route to work Each day was a copy of itself One day while I was working I came across this design website, and had a list rules – life rules I started reading them Rule #233: Never fucking settle Rule #168: Make a fucking difference Rule #205: Get in over your fucking head Rule #58: Lose your fucking ego Those rules echoed back to me every day since I read them My whole life I tried to live by those rules Now I have broken every fucking one When I first started working, I thought it was gonna make a difference and now I realized I was just another employee Another number I didn’t want to wake up at the end of my career realizing that all I did was survive Just another drop in the bucket who went along to pay off his mortgage and sued debt So I finally did it. I packed my stuff, closed out my projects, and gave my notice I quit Trust me. It’s much easier said than done Honestly, I’m not looking to be happy Some days I’m miserable and aching But I’m interested and that’s worth living for As I drive across the country I’m going places far outside my comfort zone Places I’ve never heard of Small towns with people and their countless stories Landscapes, I never knew existed. Sunrises and sunsets. I sleep in the car, on the road, in $20 motels I’m breathing air so fresh; it makes my heart race At times it’s grueling, and I love every moment of it I’ve always wanted to tell stories about real people that changed lives, and I’m gonna do just that My name is Tamer Shabaan, and I’m out to tell the stories of those who are finding their own way The ones who have swam upstream for what they believe in The ones who left a life of safety for something greater The ones who were cast aside only to make their own path. The innovators… the trendsetters… Some might call them… The Crazy Ones.