“Why in the world would you want to do such a crazy thing?” my mother asked. Hmmm, Because the world is huge & fascinating & I want to see as much of it as I can? Because life is short and getting shorter? Because it’s something I NEED to do.
I have always been a traveler. I got my first passport when I was 4 and have had one ever since. I did a lot of traveling in my twenties but then “grown-up” life took precedence over travel. Like many people I graduated from college & started my career. I bought a house, I worked, I took 2 week vacations annually. My dreams of long term travel were pushed aside. Unfortunately, I listened to that inner monologue that said “Impossible. You cannot quit your job & travel. It’s crazy. What about your 401k, your house, your job? You have RESPONSIBILITIES.”
Two years ago I took a trip to Indonesia & I realized that I could no longer listen to that voice. I chose, instead, to listen to a new voice. One that said “It is possible. It is not crazy. If you don’t do this, you will regret it for the rest of your life”.
But listening to a voice & making it a reality are very different.
So I planned my escape. I turned off the cable, I cancelled magazine subscriptions, I quit shopping. I sold the flotsam & jetsam that all of us have & do not need. I set a date for departure. I rented my house . I resigned from my job. On January 2, 2011 the adventure of my life begins. Stay tuned.