Six weeks ago, as I made my way to North Carolina, I had no idea just how much my life was about to change. Sure, I was conflicted and confused, but I didn’t know that I was on the verge of making one of the biggest decisions of my life.
As much as I know I am ready to move onto this next chapter, it’s a hard realization. This new journey is one I have been looking forward to for quite some time, one I always hoped I’d be brave enough to make a reality. But, it’s still a change, and change takes some getting used to.
Tomorrow, my friends go back to work for meetings and to put final touches on their classrooms. The following day, the halls will be filled with the voices of children and the overall excitement of the beginning of a another school year. For the last eight years, that was my life, and rather quickly, I’ve uprooted everything.
But, this is what I wanted, and although I don’t have any regrets, I know it will take some getting used to; this is my new normal. Luckily, this afternoon, I’ll be embarking on a new adventure. Starting this journey off where I began it just makes sense, so I am heading back to down to Asheville, North Carolina.
But, Asheville is not where I’ll stay. Instead, Christy and I will be making our way to Oregon over the next few weeks. For years, I have wanted to drive across The United States, but any plans I had ever tried to make always fell through. However, these plans came together with little to no effort at all. A few weeks after our backpacking trip, Christy asked if I had quit my job, I said yes, and she asked me to drive to Oregon with her; it was that simple.
On this trip, we have may have many more miles in front of us, but at least we don’t have to walk them. More importantly, at least we don’t have to travel them alone.