I think this is what people call a mid life crisis, but whoever called it that in the first place was wrong and unfortunately it stuck.
I left my job last week after nearly two years. It was an awesome job. One where I could contribute in company decisions, travel a pretty good amount (primarily to Norway, a simply stunning country), get paid well for my age, and a place where I could truly be myself. I grew and learned so much during my time at this job yet at the same time I realized that I'm pretty certain it wasn't where I'm supposed to be.
So where exactly am I supposed to be and what am I supposed to be doing? Honestly I have no idea at the moment.
Over that last few years I've felt like things have been changing quickly and dramatically. I've become more aware of myself and my surroundings, I've gotten more in tune physically and mentally, and through all this I've realized that a lot of the things I thought I loved in the past simply aren't important at all. I realized I was consumed with material things that just don't matter; consuming and creating so much waste both physically and mentally. In becoming aware of all these things I've done what I could to shed unnecessary things and do what I feel is right. Now I am at the point where I need to do the same with my career, but I haven't been able to figure out where to start.
So I decided to leave not only the job, but to disconnect from most of what I know; to hit the mini reset button of life. I’m taking some time off to figure things out and step away from the regular flow of things that we all get so hung up in these days. I'll be taking a long trip across the US making some stops in Canada and perhaps Mexico. My main stops will be national parks to camp, hike, and look inward. I’m calling it my “Surrender Journey” based on a great book called The Surrender Experiment which was a big inspiration for me. I’m already a couple days into the journey and am getting used to life on the road.
If you're curious about following my travels I'll be posting when it feels right (and when I have a signal). You can also take a look at my current planned stops via this map. There's no guarantees I'll make it to all these places, it's just a rough guide. I’d love to visit people along the way so if you’re reading this and see I’ll be near your area (or just think I should make a detour your way) please let me know!
A gigantic thanks to everyone who supported and encouraged me to take this leap. I have so much gratitude to be fortunate enough to even be able to do this and for all the people who pushed me even when I had strong fears and doubts about it all. Hopefully I have a little extra wisdom when I get through all this. That and some thoughts on what to do next.