Keeping things in perspective

WARNING
Should you decide to embark on a life reset you will become obsessed. It will soon become the primary thing you think about. You will have waves of excitement and eagerness, quickly followed by feelings of fear and anxiety…a vicious circle that cycles regularly. Don’t stop…it’s not worth the regret you will feel if you don’t go for it.

One year is a long time. Think back over the past year. You experienced four seasons, had a birthday, celebrated many holidays, completed different projects at work, drove thousands miles, cooked hundreds of meals, perhaps took a few trips. A lot happens in a year because it is a long time. Staying patient while planning a life reset is very challenging. We try to remember this great advice given to us by our friend DB: “Plan little and experience a lot. Over planning and setting schedules will kill your experience and put undue stress on you.”

Research and education should not be stressful

Neither of us have much international travel experience (let alone a full year), so there are a lot of unknowns. Most of our research is really giving ourselves an education on things like destinations, travel gear, staying healthy on the road, etc. Our intent is that the more we educate ourselves, the more confident and comfortable we will be as we travel. However, we are trying not to overly plan destinations and timelines. As we look at countries and document potential destinations, these are really just notes and ideas for us to consider. We may not even travel to some of the places we research. We are trying to stay loose so that we can ebb and flow while on the road. We may arrive in a location and decide to stay longer…or perhaps depart early. We may learn of new destinations from fellow travelers that were not on our original list. Things out of our control like politics and weather may require us to completely revamp where we go.

“If we lived the plans we do more as bets than as forecasts, we would be less anxious and more prepared for the unexpected.”
Luigina Sgarro

We are already experiencing our life reset

As I write this post, there are 10 months, 1 week, 2 days, 5 hours, 28 minutes, and 8…7…6 seconds until our departure. This means that we have already spent 6 weeks planning, but 10.5 months to go seems like a lifetime. I am realizing that our RTW life reset actually started 6 weeks ago and we have 10 months, 1 week, 2 days, 5 hours, 27 minutes, and 50…49…48 seconds until phase 2.

Six weeks ago we made a very important decision that is impacting all aspects of our lives. This life reset is not about the travel. It is about the thoughts, emotions and experiences we will have before, during and after. The experience of researching, learning new information, telling friends and family, decreasing expenses, eliminating material belongings, etc., are just as much a part of the life reset as the travel itself will be. It may sound cliche, but it is important to embrace the journey.

Personally, I can tell you that there is a sense of excitement and anticipation of the unknown. For us, the life reset is in the form of putting our careers on hold to take a year-long trip around the world. For others, perhaps it is moving somewhere new, starting a business, or trying a new career. Whatever your life reset is doesn’t matter to anyone but you. Just the decision to hit the life reset button means that you have started. A life reset is what you need to feel the excitement and anticipation of life that we all felt when we were children. Everything was possible. Every day brought the possibility of seeing something that you never saw before. Kids feel this because much of the world is unknown to them. That is what we are experiencing now…and it is invigorating.

Damn, this is “deep”

I did not intend for this post to be as deep as it is, but now we know what happens when I really think about what a life reset means to me. However, let it be known that planning for a life reset is not always this serious. Note the following:

  • Selling belongings is interesting. I haven’t ridden the bike in 5 years. Do I really need to keep it?
  • You want to live vicariously through others. If you are a Netflix subscriber or Amazon Prime member, you will find yourself looking desperately for travel shows. Soon, however, you will have had your fill of Anthony Bourdain, House Hunters International and An Idiot Abroad.
  • How many reviews are too many to watch? You know you are going to purchase a Sony RX100 for the trip. Do you need to watch another review? Really?
Do you have any deep, or not-so-deep, thoughts to share about hitting the life reset button? Please post below or contact us directly!