When you plan and plot for years…and then suddenly that day is slowly but steadily approaching…you stop to think…what the hell am I doing?
Yep, that’s how I am feeling. I have been planning this trip to “travel the world for a year” for the last 8+ years. I’ve fanaticized about it, I written volumes, I have spreadsheets of calculations and countless books and reference materials…all telling me how to make it a reality. If you have met or talked to me in the last decade, I’m sure you’ve already heard my story. And now the plan, the fantasy is becoming real. 140 days people!! Anticipation, eagerness, apprehension – yep! All of them!
I leave Southern California in August. I will say goodbye, at least temporarily to my little family of friends and the roots that I have grown in the 30+ years I have lived here (oh how I love all of you!) – to embark on a journey, on an experience that I cannot even imagine. Intentionally I have not stated an end date for my “experience” – nor will I commit to where I will end up; if I will return to Southern California or somewhere else. That’s really the beauty of the “experience” – that I have coined, One Year, One World. I can’t say that I will truly travel for an entire year, or even if a year will be enough. I don’t know if I will make it to all the places I have in my sights. But honestly, I don’t care. I just want to start. I just want to GO! I want to take my backpack and go out there—see what I can see—go where ever my time and money will allow me. If I come back in 6 months, 2 years, or never….it doesn’t matter. I am eager to have the opportunity to see the world. The world is a gift! There is so much to see, so many people to meet; to ignore is like refusing a gift. I want to take it all in!
I lost my job a year ago and I was faced with the possibility that my plans may not happen…that One Year, One World may have to change or disappear altogether. It was really at this moment that I realized how much I needed to go. I knew that I would leave, I would just jump, even if I only have a few hundred dollars in my pocket, I was willing to give it a go. I would figure it out on the fly. I was going no matter what. I think that dip was needed to confirm my commitment. In August last year, I started working again; and since then everything has aligned. All signs point to GO, GO!!! I am listening and I am going!
If as you read this you can hear and feel my enthusiasm. I promise you it is so much more than I can express in writing! I struggle to find the words to describe how important this is to me. I know that most people don’t understand my quest. But that’s okay. I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t have the imminent need to go along with me!
In the words of my daughter’s friend (whom I adore!) – GO MEEEE!