In June 2019, I successfully escaped Corporate America! Well, more like said fuck it to all the BULLSHIT and finally quit.
Afterwards, I dabbled in entrepreneurship and learned a shit ton by investing ~$25k of my own money into an idea. Since you’re reading this it’s safe to say my entrepreneurial venture didn’t pan out the way I was anticipating. But, I’m not too upset about it because it led me to the decision to Ever Wander around the world starting in April 2020.
Psych! Just kidding – COVID. The Rona. Global Pandemic. Some other non-PC names that I don’t feel comfortable mentioning. Whatever you want to call it rolled in like Miley Cyrus on a wrecking ball.
After getting over my depression, it afforded me the opportunity to listen to my body, try new things without pressure, connect with friends and family, and continue working on being more
present [man, this one is hard at times].
I detest mediocrity and complacency.
Oh, and the ungodly Arizona heat.
I’m at my best when I’m flying by the seat of my pants exploring new places.
So, I took those lemons and made lemonade. I planned a 7-State West Coast COVID Road Trip. And on that 50 day, 5,000 mile journey, I reflected deeply on the following themes.
- Exploration & Connection [Below]
- Presence & Adaptability
- Disconnect & Recharge
- Self-Love & Care
Get ready for some seriously profound shit!
My soul lights on fire when I’m cruising down PCH1 with the windows down, Kaskade blasting on Spotify, and taking the corners way too fast in my boyfriend’s Tesla [shhh…don’t tell him].
Or, when I’m making a sweet time-lapse video rolling into Yosemite National Park.
Couple that with connecting with 21 of my closest peeps, and my heart is ready to burst with happiness. My peeps were gracious hosts and took the time to show me their fave local spots, tourist attractions, and outdoor adventures.
In a way, it was my farewell tour, since I’ll be leaving for my trip around the world [3-5 years] in early 2021 [the revised start date].
I truly hope they come visit me abroad, but I’m also at peace knowing it might not happen. Life happens [translation – it’s a shit storm], and we’re simply trying to metaphorically juggle as many balls while riding a unicycle.
Here’s a quick sanity check. On average, kids see their parents 200 times after they leave their childhood home. What?! And, I bet it’s way less for friends.
That sobering stat has me rethinking how I want to spend my time.
As I get older, I cherish and value time with loved ones more and more.
But, I’m also super excited for the connections I’ve yet to meet.
How and why does Exploration & Connection hit home for you?
Drop a comment below.
Next, check out my diary post on 2. Presence & Adaptability.