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Why Pico Iyer Walked Away from His Dream Life

Season 6 Episode 606
Aired on 03/08/2015 | CC tv-14
By age 29, Pico Iyer seemingly had it all. "I had that 25th-floor office four blocks from Times Square, and I had a nice apartment on Park Avenue," he says. "I had this really exciting job writing on world affairs for Time magazine. Wonderful friends. No commitments. And I was having a terrific time."

Still, he says, he was so busy he never stopped to figure out whether he was truly happy. "I'm making a great living, but that's not the same as making a life," he says. Pico decided to take a chance on a quieter life in a place he says always felt familiar to him: Kyoto, Japan. In the video above, Pico describes the irresistible pull of the place that he would eventually come to call home.

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