In a nutshell, I quit my job to road trip around the country. The longer story is that a few months ago, it hit me that I had fallen off course towards being the person I want to become. I've always felt like my big picture, happy place would involve me living near a beach in California, holding a coffee, and walking my dog in the morning. And even though I love where I've landed, I realized that not having that snapshot of my life isn't something I could l'd be able to justify sacrificing when I'm old and gray.
5 years ago, my big picture, happy place was to live in a historic studio downtown with hardwood floors and a claw-footed bathtub, to work at Nike in a job that allowed me to travel, and to spend my weekends walking to meet friends for brunch and yoga. Crazy how the world works, but somehow my life has become exactly that. While I'm enormously grateful, I also know that it won't last forever. I think that each stage in life should be lived as fully as possible so that when you're through, you can close that chapter and move onto the next.
Fortunately, my family and friends have been super supportive. The best thing about moms is that they'll always be ridiculously proud of you, no matter what you do. I could join the circus and my mom would be bragging to her friends that I'm the best juggling clown on the planet. So when I called on my lunch break to say, 'Hey Mom, I think I want to quit my job at Nike to live in a camper and road trip around the US', she was all 'OK! How can I help?' without missing a beat.
I'm planning on rejoining the real world again in a year or so, and to hopefully find a job in California. In the meantime, I want to take advantage of having some time off by exploring as much as possible and meeting as many new people as I can. Here's to adventure!