Every so often, it seems like the universe is sending you a big, flashing, neon sign saying “THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO…NOW!” Over the past few months, I’ve had one of those signs. The buyout of my company by a pharmaceutical giant meant a change in company culture that doesn’t align with me personally. I’ve always intended to go into an operational, office-based role in biotech after gaining a few years of sales experience, and now I have two and a half years of experience in sales. My fiancé and I have been good savers over the years and we don’t have a mortgage, kids, or even a goldfish to look after. After we get married in September next year though, we want all of those things (well not the goldfish…but defiantly a dog).
We talked it over. We hemmed and hawed. We evaluated our bank accounts and COBRA coverage. We talked through what we really want in life – one day and right now. And we decided that this is the perfect time for us to do something different. We have the rest of our lives to buy a house, work hard, have kids and pile on more responsibility. Right now, we can choose to take a break from the rat race and fulfill a lifelong dream of ours: We’re leaving in January to travel in Southeast Asia for three months.
We’ve both given notice at our work. We’ve put up the For Rent sign at our apartment. We’ve run the numbers and stocked up on my medications and planned out a loose itinerary. We bought tickets that leave San Diego on January 14th and don’t come back until April 12th. I. Am. So. EXCITED!
There is absolutely no more perfect time than right now for us to do this. Work will be here when we get back, as will houses to buy and a family to plan for. But this adventure can only happen right now. I’m not saying I’m not scared or don’t have anxieties about it. But I’m much more terrified of missing this opportunity and wondering “what if,” than of going for it. So this is it, and we’re all in.
I have so much more to write about our plans – the diabetes planning portion of this is a blog post all in it’s own! And I can’t wait to chronicle our journey on this blog as I learn to carb count for Vietnamese pho and deal with times zones and foreign languages and diabetes all at the same time. But for now, putting this here in writing makes me feel as if I’ve answered the call of the universe, officially. And I could not be more thrilled to take this giant leap of faith. More to come!