So here I am trying to figure out my blog, how I want  it to look, what I want it to say, what the “theme” should be and then all of a sudden it hits me–bam!  I’m really going to do this.  I’m leaving corporate America behind (good riddance) and embracing the unknown.  It was fun telling people at work that I’m leaving and even more fun telling them why.  ” I’m resigning ( I like saying resigning a lot better than quitting, it makes my departure seem so  much more important , like I was Secretary of State or something ) and going off on an adventure”  When you tell people  about a change that they can’t neatly categorize, they look at you like you have something hanging out of your nose and they’re deciding whether or not they should mention it or just continue sporting an uncomfortable look on their face.  Most, not all of the people  I told had a pretty hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that I would just walk away from an awesome job, working with awesome people in the worst economy since the Great Depression for no reason other than because I want to.  You have to admit, it is a little crazy I suppose!  But isn’t that what life should be about?  Taking some risks. 

“Close your eyes and leap”

The other question I was asked right away was “What are you going to do when you get back”?   That seems counterproductive to me. Why would I start off a journey like this by thinking about the end?  A thousand unexpected things are going to happen on this adventure and hallelujah for that!  There’s a quote I really like ” Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans”.  The unknown is cool, the surprise around the next corner makes life fun.  You only get one dance on this planet so you better make it count!  Now I don’t want to come off as Mr. all “oh no biggie, I got this”  Of course I’m a little scared and apprehensive–but so what.  No one on their deathbed ever said ” I wish I spent more time in my office”, well not anyone I want to know anyway.  It’s an amazing, fascinating world out there and I think it’s just plain rude not to go and see it after it went to all the trouble of making itself beautiful for us. 

The physical journey may not start for a few more months but the mental journey is off to the races.  The hardest part so far is figuring out what I want to do, where I want to go, and when to do it. There are so many options and I know once I get started it will be a continuously fluid undertaking, as I talk to people and they share details of their assorted journeys with me. I get so excited thinking about all the incredible people I don’t know yet but will soon enough.  I am so lucky to be able to do this, it’s just mind-blowing.

So the research continues to build, maps are being reviewed, SUV’s vetted, weather patterns scrutinized, National Parks and byways contemplated as I move  ever closer to closing one chapter and beginning the next.  Bring it!