Why I Live Here
I started working immediately after serving years in the Peace Corps. I didn't like the idea of rounding off two years of service by surfing the couches of family and friends in search of the next adventure, so I applied for a job managing a non-profit in Cookeville, TN. I had never spent time in Cookeville, nor did I have any desire or lack there of to live there. I was in a very peculiar state of mind. The previous two years were my first experiences with impulsivity. It was an anecdote to my perfectionism. It was like a fancy new tool that a guy gets to signal his technical capacity without first knowing how to properly use it. So I said, "Cookeville? Meh. Why not?" I had very little to lose at that point in my life. It was beautiful.