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	Looking around the room.
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	“Why am I here?”
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	It’s a useful question to ask often.
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	Either it will <strong>re-focus</strong> your reasons for being where you are, or it will make you realize your reasons have <strong>expired</strong> and you should be somewhere else.
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	In a little apartment in Singapore, I ask it again.
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	“Why am I here?”
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	Because of the brilliant and fascinating people here.
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	(But I’m refusing all requests to meet, to stay focused on my work.
	For the past 3 years I was very social, but now I’m not.)
</em>
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	Because I love learning about Asia, and Singapore is a great central home base for that.
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	(But I’m not exploring Asia right now.
	For the past 3 years I was, but now I’m inwardly-focused on my writing and programming.)
</em>
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	Because I love and admire it, and it feels like home.
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	(But I’ve loved everywhere I’ve lived, from California to New York to London to Portland.
	They’ve all felt like home.
	Future places will feel like home, too.)
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	Because I’m here right now.
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	(But there are airplanes.
	You can sit in them.)
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	Most of us are where we are because of decisions we made years ago.
	But are those reasons still current for what we need now?
	Ask again.
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	“Why am I here?”
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	Damn.
	I ran out of reasons.
	I should be somewhere else.
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	I want silence, solitude, and wide open spaces.
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	I want to work all day while listening to nothing but birds and wind in the trees.
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	I want an intentional lack of distractions, far far away, to cure my tendency to say yes to intellectually stimulating events.
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	So the answer was clear.
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	I moved to New Zealand’s South Island.
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	<a href="http://www.newzealand.com/">Here</a> I am.
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	“Why am I here?”
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	To work.
	To focus.
	To write.
	To code.
	To launch.
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	Yes.
	Good answer.
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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/7960290272/"><img src="/images/milford.jpg" alt="New Zealand photo"></a><div class="small">(<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/7960290272/">photo</a> by Trey Ratcliff)</div>

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