Anthony Brogno

Back in my “real life”

or “past life” I am a cook.  I love to cook, and really enjoy making a great meal with great friends, and seeing their satisfaction!  However I really did not enjoy working long hard hours, every holiday and weekend, not making much money, for extremely wealthy owners.  It’s not that I hated my job, however I needed a change.  Which is why I am now a full time backpacker, dream-chaser and volunteer down here in South America.  Even though I’m not earning any money for the work I’m doing now, I feel like I gained more in two months of volunteering for a non-profit in Bolivia than I ever did working back home.  I guess what I was looking to earn from work changed.  Money is no longer the force driving me to find a job (this might change a little once I run out however).

I am currently living my dreams


Every day I can wake up and do whatever it is that I desire!  I dreamt about coming to Patagonia for a very long time.  I’ve loved traveling for a long time, but this is my first time on the road for such a long period.  I’m doing what I love, yet still not every day is perfect.  The difference now though is that I have absolute freedom (or at least now can see how much freedom, ability and opportunity I have) to change my surroundings, and what I will do each day.  Back home it seems like I did a lot of things that I didn’t want to, yet felt like I had to, or didn’t have the time to do a lot of things I really wanted to.  However now, and for the last five months, it feels like I hardly ever have to do things I really don’t want to, and I do something that I really enjoy pretty much every single day.  It is really amazing to see how my focus and determination to make this trip and lifestyle a reality has come to fruition.

My Best days

are those when I stop in the middle of something, look around, and see that I’m literally living in a dream that I’ve had.  I’ve had quite a few of these moments throughout this journey.

My worst day ..

I don’t like to focus on the bad times.

I have fear

that people (especially ones that I know and love) will fail to learn that they can live without fear in this life.  So many people in this world live in fear and are always worrying about their future.  I want to see others, especially those close to me, to discover how to live a life more based on faith and ‘trust in the process’.  I’m not saying that I never get nervous or have times of great apprehension.  I worry about things, especially while traveling.  However I’ve learned to do my very best to always just trust that things will work out exactly as they are meant to.  I have faith that I will always reach the perfect next location on my path.  This trip has been a huge opportunity to increase my confidence in moving towards my goals.  I fear that my loved ones will fail to see or believe how much they are capable of.  Also that I may, at times, fail to see all that I can accomplish.  I know that at times it felt like I’d never make it out of that little town; We all can feel stuck sometimes in our lives.  I just hope that everyone gets a chance to break free from the fear, that seems to be bombarded upon us these days, and are able to move to a place of love, and trust that they can have whatever they desire.

I am extremely happy

with my life.  I may fail to show this or act accordingly at times, but I know that I am so incredibly fortunate!  I try to always remember this, and be grateful for all that I have.  I’m most definitely not always the most pleasant, or seemingly happy person, but overall I am ecstatic with my life and very happy with what I am able to do each day.

To be happy,

one of the biggest things for me is freedom.  I don’t need much to be happy.  It is very nice to have all the luxuries, but some of my happiest times have been out in the wilderness or on top of a mountain, with hardly anything but what’s necessary to survive.  All I really need is love in my life and the ability to see the beauty this world has to offer.