Who We Are
We are mid-lifers (in 2017, 45 and 50 years old). We have been thinking and discussing and planning "what's next" in our lives a lot lately. We are not in any sort of midlife crisis, but when you have been in the corporate world for half your life, you start to wonder what it would be like to brave the elements on a daily basis, teeter on the edge of steel beams on a windy day, forego the morning shower routine, or believe passionately that your job matters to the people you encounter every day.
Don't get me wrong - we have marvelous careers, a healthy life balance, and we would not trade our lives and experiences for anyone else's life. We are comfortable every. single. day. And grateful for that comfort every. single. day.
But it's curiosity that kills the cat. The older we get, the more curious we become about what life outside the comfort zone feels like. As the clock ticks, we wonder if we stand now at the apex of our lives. Is this all there is? Will it be just more of the same for the next twenty years?
We sneak a peek "over the hill" at retirement and see a smooth downward slope. It looks easy enough. But the thing is, we really love a challenge and we know there are undiscovered hills to climb, just around the bend...
So now, we are "vagabonding", I believe is the term.
We believe there is more to life than the sole pursuit of income through retirement age. We have grown tired of the daily grind, the revolving door, the office politics. We have grown tired of managing egos, playing the game and climbing the ladder. We have grown tired of cliches and corporate speak and uncomfortable heels. We have tired of slogging through the hours of 9:00 to 5:00, five long days a week.
We have diligently worked (and saved and scrimped) more than 20 years of our lives -- over 50,000 hours each. It's time to start accumulating experiences. Our aim is to consolidate what is most important into two carry-on bags each (selling, donating, giving, renting or throwing away EVERYTHING else) and start exploring the ~200 million square miles of this planet we inhabit.
Another chapter of our lives is just a page-turn away. It's a big change for us, with lots of unknowns. I don't know the arc of this story, yet, and I do not know how our characters will struggle, adapt, change. But I do know one thing: this chapter will be different from the previous 20 years.