A chronicle of Alison and Ron's trip around the world in 2009-2010.

"Not all those who wander are lost"
- Tolkien

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Second Job

Getting ready to goof off for a year is really a lot of work. Nobody told me I’d be working 10 hour days and still feel a bit overwhelmed. Now I know you can just get up and go. Plenty of plucky adventurers just buy a ticket and hit the road. I even did it once when I was 22. Threw some old clothes in a secondhand backpack, got a passport, and jumped on a plane a few weeks later.

But a decade later it’s a little harder to just up and leave. Things need to be organized, somewhat. Loose ends tied up, if not in a boyscout knot at least in a scissor-curled bow. I do hold out on the hope that once every kitty is nestled in its fuzzy catbed and everything else is nestled in its storage cube that I can let go a little more. Not have to have it all figured out. Not have a 12 tab excel spreadsheet of stuff to categorize, calculate, and remember to do. Not live by a list to check off.

And just float for awhile. Somewhere in the Aegean sea perhaps...


corina May 15, 2009 at 3:13 AM  

it's a little bit scary looking into my future (your present) which is feeling overwhelmingly near. not sure i'll do a 12 tab spread sheet but that's not to say i won't have a notebook filled with lists ;p

lyonsv May 15, 2009 at 5:31 PM  

Don't worry - it'll happen. Probably some time after you get on the plane on June 2 and before you completely get over jet lag in Ireland :)

dfrick May 18, 2009 at 12:56 AM  

Just know that the date is coming regardless and that at the time to go catch your plane if it ain't done, it ain't worth doin'.

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