The sun is beaming down as I sit in my yard in San Cristobal, Mexico, writing this. I'm two months in on my fieldwork working with a bunch of autonomy seeking fellows in the woods far up in the mountains. Before taking off for my fieldwork I was anxious as I've never been before. These next seven months would definitely provide answers I've been searching for. Do I want to pursue an academic career? Do I want to put all my chips in entrepeneurship? Do I want to go off the grid and start/be part of an autonomous commune? So many things that needed to be tested out, or at least would stand out clearer after wrestling this beast of academic discipline, the fieldwork.
Although I'm studying for my Masters in anthropology, I probably wouldn't have gone to university, if it wasn't because of the very generous Danish student support, that the government pays any student every month. However, I've met amazing people that challenge and inspire me, people that all more or less wants to do awesome projects for a living.
The student support has let me live without having a “real” job, letting me start two businesses and travel a hysterical amount of time without worrying about a penny. Thank you Danish Socialist state!
I think that any field has something you could call the whole grail, for at carpenter or a cabinet maker the final exam is supposed to be a proof of the skills they have aquired, a doctor writes a dispute and humanist have their thesis as that price cup.
Well, the main discipline of anthropology is the field work, we spend our entire education working our selves up to this mythical period of time. Hence, I put it on my list that I wanted to do a kickass one. One of the rules of thumb in anthropology is that no fieldwork ever turns out as it was planned. Therfore I had put very little effort into the planning phase, figuring that everything probably turn to shit when I got to Mexico, and then magically (or due to some pretty good habits and work systems I've build up over the years) work out just fine in the end.