“Stay safe, keep faith, and don’t let ’em drag you down.”
That’s what the gate guard said to me when I was headed back to the installation from my lunch break a few weeks ago. Okay, so he says that to everyone. Every car – always, “Stay safe, keep faith, and don’t let ’em drag you down.” It’s his mantra – that thing he repeats over and over again just to get himself – and others – through the day.
But that day, for some reason, it meant so much more.
Those of you who’ve been keeping up with us have seen that Erin has had a busy couple of weeks – getting hired, getting fired (err… quitting), and cultivating an overall level of squirreliness that’s borderline-scary.
Even for her.
But I’m about to explain this, since it’s finally come to the point where I actually can.
See, I gave notice at my place of employment last week as well. And while it didn’t involve high-heel shootouts or greased piglets, it did involve a certain amount of uncertainty. After nearly 2 1/2 years at the place, it’s the longest I’ve consistently worked anywhere.
In fact, one year I had to file taxes for 7 jobs in 3 different states. So this? This was a feat.
What’s crazy is that it was a good job. A very good job. Oh, and that whole deal about getting a paycheck was pretty great too. But somewhere along the ride, it went from newness and excitement to this and this. And while most people would still be grateful to even have a job, what I’m looking for is something else. Experience. Stimulation. Life.
How’s that for introspective?
I know I have a passion for something, but it definitely isn’t this:
(I stole Erin’s picture because the sad reality is that mine looks pretty much the same. But cheaper.)
And I’m pretty sure it’s not government work. So after 27+ years on this earth, I still can’t tell you what my passion is. But after 12 years of thorough research, I can definitely tell you what it isn’t:
- Washing dishes
- Selling jewelry
- Waiting tables
- Wearing suits
- Fixing watches
- Giving tours
- Hanging clothes
- Making spreadsheets
- Kissing asses
- Watching children
- Flipping burgers
- Sorting CD’s
In fact, the only commonality I actually liked with each of these jobs was the people. Be it the people I worked with or the people I helped, I always enjoyed them.
So after much thought and consideration about what I actually wanted to do, I eventually approached my equally professionally-dissatisfied friend with a proposition:
How about we take this blog on the road?
All it took was a weekend trip to Frederick, sushi bribes, lots of alcohol, and a quote from Thoreau (“How vain it is to sit down to write when you haven’t stood up to live.”) to convince her we both needed this adventure. And I might have let her see my boobs.
Actually all it took was a quick Skype session with her husband, and we were ready to roll. The rest was just for fun.
So that’s what we’re doing. Actually, we’re not driving. We’re flying. Then busing. Then walking. Then riding. But we’ll get there, and there we will stay for 61 days.
Where? Well it’s taking a bit of planning (not exactly my forte), and all will be revealed very shortly.
In the meantime… Stay safe, keep faith, and don’t let ’em drag you down.