About the big question, what’s next?

(This article is part of a series called:  Checking in at 6 months.)

I set out on this journey in response to a question I asked myself:  how do you want to spend the next 5, 10 or 15 years of your life?  I thought that by stepping out of the confines of my daily routine, and exposing myself to new experiences, places and people, I might be inspired to follow a new direction.

Here I am, six months in, and I don’t feel any closer to answering this question. I must admit, this has caused me some angst.  What if I don’t find the answer before the end of this journey?  Will this all be in vain?  Just the thought can cause me to panic a little.  Yet, as much as I want this question answered, I know I can’t force the answer to come.  I must accept that if there is an answer, it will be made manifest in due time. And I must come to terms with the possibility that there may be no answer.  This drives me crazy sometimes.  I just want to know….now.

This is what I know now, after six months of travel.  I have no regrets breaking free from our old lives.  In fact, it has been one of the most empowering experiences of my life.  I do not miss any aspect of my old life – a rather sobering thought that I have yet to fully understand.  I love the nomadic lifestyle in a way I never imagined I would.  I can’t imagine going back to the lifestyle we have left behind; if we did, I somehow feel that all this hard work would have been wasted.  Whatever I decide to do in the future, it must fill me with a sense of meaning and purpose; these have been missing from my life for some time.

I admit it, I am searching for something, and I don’t feel I am any closer to finding it at this point in my journey.  During the next six months, we will be seeking out experiences that will offer more time to reflect and meditate and we will continue to be open to and embrace all possibilities that come our way. [read more]


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