I think we should quit our jobs and travel around the world for a year.
Although technically Brock had agreed to the idea when I’d proposed it earlier that morning, to be fair, he was still half asleep. And being someone who finds it exceedingly difficult to function at full capacity before the sun comes up, it was probably uncool of me to hold him to a major life decision at that hour.
But I couldn’t get our conversation out of my head.
I knew it was ridiculous. It was crazy. It was totally irresponsible. I had a job I loved, and Brock’s business was growing quickly. We were in great shape financially, and developing deep roots together in a city we both adored. Why would we want to jeopardize that? Yet as the day wore on, between emails and phone calls and one interminable meeting after the next, the excitement began to build. Could we actually do this? Could we really just go?
It wasn’t the first time I’d dreamed of a life overseas. In the early 2000s, I discovered the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, and started to seriously consider the possibility of leaving home. As the years progressed, I explored opportunities with the Peace Corps and the United States Foreign Service. I even accepted a job with a global hotel brand, hoping it might eventually lead to a post at one of the company’s international properties.
Except the universe, as it often does, had other plans in mind.
This was different, though. It would be a chance to see the world on our own terms, free from any constraints. And for the first time, it felt like those long-buried dreams were finally within reach.
I raced home from work that night, eager to continue our conversation in earnest. I had no idea how we would do it, or where we would go, or how much it would cost, but I was confident we could figure it out together.
Charging though the front door, I rehearsed a convincing case for the total upheaval of life as we knew it, only to be stopped in my tracks by four words that would change us forever.
We could do this.
Seriously, there are people who do this.
He sat on the couch with a computer on his lap and a notebook by his side, hours of research already forming an early blueprint of our future reinvented.