A year ago today, we were sitting in my brother’s kitchen with a bottle of wine to celebrate the closing of a chapter and the start of our new adventure. It was a crazy few days. I can still vividly remember feeling a whirlwind of emotions including fear, anxiety, nervousness and excitement … all at once. Everything had happened so fast and I was feeling unprepared for all the changes that were unfolding. In the previous three days we had:
- finished packing all of our possessions into boxes
- moved everything we owned into storage (i.e. my brother’s basement & garage)
- turned over possession of our home sweet home to a tenant
- bid farewell to Kevin’s place of employment for the past 15 years
In a matter of three days, our “norm” was no longer concrete and defined. It was turned completely upside down. We were no longer employed. We no longer had a house to call our own. Nearly everything that we owned was either sold, packed away or stowed. Yes, this was officially the start of a crazy, new adventure. Exciting? Sure. Liberating? Maybe. Scary? Most definitely!
As I sit here in the same place a year later (coincidentally trying to establish a “big plan” for the next 365 days), I think back to that day and remember all the raw emotions that I could not put into words. I could have never imagined what the year would hold for us: new friends, incredible memories, beautiful sights and eye-opening experiences. We learned a lot about the world, cultures, people, each other and even ourselves. We had lots of great times and some not-so-fun times. It all makes me thankful that we decided to embark on this journey.
However, today is bittersweet. I celebrate all that we experienced in the past year. I am thankful for quality time with family and friends over the past few weeks. Yet, I find myself starting to miss our life on the road! The next 365 days are unknown and I hope that they will be filled with even more challenges, new experiences and amazing life lessons.
What a difference a year can truly make! We’re back in the same place we started but in such a different place.