This trip was always a finite thing. I had estimated (okay, extensively budgeted) that I could travel for just under six months before moving and finding a new job.
The biggest reason for taking this journey was to discover a new way of life, which I had defined as a new place to live and a new career. I knew I needed to see what was out there before I could decide what I was going to do; I felt compelled to experience life beyond my world and beyond the world of everyday normal working society. I felt like I needed to do this to gain perspective and to gain knowledge of both myself and the possibilities that existed.
But what I have discovered has shook me and caused me to rethink all my preconceived ideas of what I want. Because what I have discovered, what I am certain of, is that I want is THIS way of life, this complete freedom to explore, to see and to do. I know that I do not want to be tied to any one location, to a regular job, to an apartment or a house, to anything, because all I want is to keep moving, keep living as I am now, genuinely experiencing the things around me.
And so this is what I have decided to do. At the beginning of November I drove from California back to Rhode Island, donated or gave away most of what I owned, put my important things in storage, gave up my apartment, and left my old life for good. I have been in Florida for over a week now, regaining some inner peace and taking the time to think of where I am going next, literally and metaphorically.
So begins Part Two. I do not know for certain where this journey will take me, though I have some ideas. I am confident however that this is what’s right for me and I have no doubts that my future will be just as rewarding. I look forward to sharing it with you all.
Finally, I would like to thank those of you closest to me who have given me your support and helped me work through what needed to be worked through. I love you and I can’t thank you enough.