I will never forget watching his first episode(s) of Parts Unknown on CNN.
This was back in 2013, just around the time when I and my peers were engaged in the drudgery known as the job search.
It was then that I knew being in a cubicle would mean certain (emotional and physical) death.
Seeing Bourdain's candor and no-nonsense attitude as he traveled the world from city to city, country to country.
It really pushed me to explore alternative future paths after graduation.
When it came up in conversation, I would tell friends and professors that Bourdain was, unequivocally, the luckiest man alive. And I meant it. (And still do today after his passing, since you or I cannot say with certainty he isn't in a better place.)
This is not to say I ended up being a chef or television personality. I am nowhere near as charismatic or clever. But his lifestyle was always in the back of my mind as I created paths for sources of income that allowed me absolute geographic freedom.
Looking back. The past 5 years of my life, despite having Everestonian swings in mental wellbeing, investment returns, and overall life satisfication, is something I wouldn't trade the world for. Having lived for at least a month in nearly 2 dozen countries (and countless more cities) on 4 continents (many for as long as 6 months), it's really an incredible experience, however cliche that sounds.
I can say that, with a few trivial hesitations, I'd be generally happy and content if death were to thrust upon me today.
RIP Anthony Bourdain
the inspiration for me to be who I am.
to live a life not tied down to any one city or country.
to travel, explore, dare.
to be free.
you will be greatly missed.