Younger Bogart native pens memoir of her travels | Life
North Oconee High School student Emily Dobberstein knew that her journey to self-examination and healing would not be easy. At the age of 20, he embarked on a month-long voyage, boarding his car or tent in the towns of his choice.
Now, Dobberstein has sent his unforgettable and heartfelt experiences in the book “The Courage to Go: The Remembrance of the Seven Seasons Healed Me.”
“I have no idea who I am, what I believe, where I am going, or when I will return,” he wrote in his notebook. “But I go, and everything was important.”
The book is available in digital format through its website,chalimatsusaka.com and through Amazon.
After graduating from NOHS in 2013, Dobberstein moved to Boone, North Carolina, to attend Appalachian State University. Following his second year of college, he embarked on a trip abroad in the first week of July 2015.
However, Dobberstein never wanted to write a commemoration, as he had originally enjoyed writing as a hobby. At the end of his visit, he was encouraged by a relative to start writing publicly about his travels and experiences, and once he started a blog, others encouraged him in the following years to write a full book.
The work was in stark contrast to what Dobberstein was doing as a “science and mathematical nerd”.
He was a straight high school student and a skilled athlete. He continued his college education while working three different jobs to support himself. Such busyness left her with little time to deal with the various social and religious problems she had encountered over the years.
“I didn’t have time to look at what was going on inside of me,” he said. “I knew I had to change something … I knew I had to leave as a first step.”
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