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Friday, July 10, 2015

I quit my job.

My last day at work will be end of this month. I didn't get another job yet. I'm taking 6 months off to camp, travel, read (a lot), write, and visit my family. I guess you could call this my midlife crisis or my version of 'Eat, Pray, Love'. But this version will be more like 'Camp, Travel, Read'. I just need to push the reset button on my life. It's not that anything is horribly wrong. I have a significant amount of money saved, a good and mostly satisfying career, friends, family, and good health. But I've also been through some traumatic experiences that have slowly broken me down. Lost loves, work drama, crushed expectations, watching my biggest dream for my life slowly and painfully die. You know, the usual.

I made a short hiking/camping trip to Yosemite a few weeks ago and have been feeling the pull of it ever since. There is something peaceful and calming about walking amongst the trees, streams, and mountains. It's comforting to feel a connection to something that has been here a lot longer than I have and that will last far beyond when I am gone. I definitely loose sight of that in my everyday city life.

'When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.'
-John Muir

So far, my plan for my 6 month wanderings will be to camp for a few weeks, then spend some time with my parents in Arizona, and then travel in Europe for a month (Southern France, Italy, Amsterdam, Greece). But first, Yosemite.....

'The mountains are calling and I must go.'
-John Muir

6 comments:

Candace Shiflet said...

you know what? that is awesome! not the trials you've faced, but the fact that you are doing something for YOU! I'm sure you will learn so much about yourself as you venture and camp and read and visit loved ones. And can I just say I envy you?? seriously. I love what you're doing!!
xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

Victoria M Knapp said...

Good for you! Best wishes as you set out on what will be a wonderful, changing & rewarding experience. Please let me know how I can help & would love to say Bon Voyage before you go. Big Hugs <3

The Housholders said...

Your 70 year old self will tell you this is the best thing you ever did. Good for you! Live the adventure - life's so short! After you get back from all your travels, look me up. Kiddos will be back to school and I want to meet up with you for lunch. Or a spa day. Or both.

Amy Leininger said...

Linda! I love you so much!! What an adventure life is and you are making your own adventure! How exciting and wonderful!! You amaze me and I so admire you!! I'm sad for the trials you have and are facing. It's crazy how our plans for life have a way of going different than we plan, but you are the best at opening another door and following a new, amazing path. I'd love to see you if come through Utah. I love you, Dear Friend!!

Kenneth Leung said...

Good luck and enjoy! Will keep track on Instagram on your latest adventures.

Melissa O said...

Life so often takes us down paths we never thought we'd travel---and frankly, some that we really don't want to travel. I hope this time is full of beauty and personal renewal. Wishing you all the best!

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