New York photographer Jinna Yang thought she had everything — a high-paying job, a posh flat and a loving boyfriend.
In her blog “Grease & Glamour”, she described herself as having “an overflowing closet with more shoes than I could count, and enough disposable income to eat out in New York City at least five nights per week. I had climbed my way up the corporate world, making more money at 25 than most people my age or older than me”.
But two years ago, her father died from stomach cancer, and her world crumbled. She said her father sacrificed everything for his family, and then died without realizing his own dreams. Her father had wanted to travel the world as a professional golfer.
“I had reached the point where I lost the will to live; I no longer wanted to wake up in the morning only to feel hopeless. I gave up on my dreams. I shut myself off from my loved ones and close friends. I developed alopecia and lost my hair at an alarming rate.”
But waking up one day, Yang decided to regain control of her life. She quit her job, sold most of her belongings, and bought a one-way plane ticket to Iceland. “I left everything in New York City to travel the world for the first time with a lifesize cutout of my dad.”
And that’s how her travels around the world with her father started.
“For years I chased success and sacrificed happiness, but success lives where happiness lies,” she said. “Don’t chase success, chase happiness and success will come.”
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