Well, I was right; putting a date on the day I leave has made it all officially “real”. Wow! I have decided on that date and shared it with my kiddo and my mom and they are on board, so…without further ado, I am happy and exited to announce my deadline is…drumroll please…Tuesday, August 14th.
That gives me eleven weeks starting this coming Monday. Eleven weeks to plan, purchase, sell, pay down, save, etc. So how did I pick that day? Well, a few things went into the thought process…
First, I actually moved the date back a little. Originally I wanted to start earlier BUT, go out for shorter trips and be able to still come back and work a little. So, for example, I would maybe go out on a 2-3 day trip, come back, work for a couple of weeks, then go out again. My thought process was that would be a good way to transition into everything slowly and I could keep working for a bit longer. Then reality sunk in.
I started thinking of how bad it would suck to go out and be away only to have to come back to work again. Like tasting freedom and being in nature only to have to come back home, put a uniform on and clock in…uh, no. That would just be me camping…that’s not what this is about. This is about cutting ties from traditional society beliefs and practices..it’s about just living and being and existing and exploring…and for that…I gotta go all in all at once. So, my deadline moved back a bit BUT by that deadline I want to be able to have the freedom to go and explore and not have to come back to work. Now, I may come back and visit after a few days or a week, or a month…who knows…but when I do return, it’s just to crash for a while and visit and plan my next route.
Another factor that played into this was the fact I live in central Texas and it’s freaking hot! If I did decide to go on shorter trips at first, I would have to go to places at least a couple of days away just to avoid the 100+ degree sun. If I wait and leave in August, it will still be hot, but I can travel (and stay longer) in cooler places.
So how did I pick the date the 14th? Well, I was actually thinking of leaving on that same week but on the 17th (17 is my lucky number so thought that would be cool) but that is on a Friday and it just seems weird to leave on a Friday for some reason. I knew I didn’t want to leave on a Monday because EVERYTHING and EVERYONE starts things on Mondays. “I’m going to start working out on Monday”…”I’m going to start eating better on Monday”…you get the idea. So, before I even looked at a calendar I knew I was NOT starting on a Monday…but instead, a Tuesday. 🙂 So, that’s how that came about.
So there you have it. Tuesday, August 14th is the day. I don’t think I will be completely ready by then, I have the feeling this is kind of like having a baby. You can plan, and wait and try to get ready, but life is always kind of crazy and you are never really ready. You just kind of have to do it and make it work as you go along.
Now that I have my date, I have to get busy! Some of my next steps are starting to purchase all my gear , get rid of all my belongings, plan where I am heading first, etc. Lots to do, but having that deadline totally helps. Eleven weeks, people…just eleven weeks #holycow