The Next Big Step: We’re Done Working!
Each day it seems we get one step closer to realizing our dreams of traveling the world. This week contained a major milestone. As of Friday, we turned off our work computers for the last time and said goodbye to colleagues and friends. We are officially done working!
“Can I wipe it?” our IT manager said to me as I handed him my company issued iPhone.
“Sure,” as I re-entered my password for him.
In literally 10 seconds, almost five years of my life was erased.
Next I handed over my lap top. It was much less dramatic since he couldn’t destroy all my hard work while I was sitting in front of him. An odd feeling swept over me – I no longer had the responsibilities associated with carrying a lap top and PDA around with me all the time. It is now completely my choice on how often I check my email or start up my computer.
It felt so freeing.
I know I will have to work again in some capacity. This isn’t the start of my early retirement (unfortunately!). I feel so grateful to have this space of time ahead to explore more of myself as we travel the world. I know how lucky we are to be able to up and leave our jobs to pursue a dream.
Dave and I will both miss the great friends we made at our jobs. They carried us through the good times and the frustrating times. There are plenty of things I won’t miss though (conference calls, being cc’d on 300 emails a day, spouting out corporate lingo and seeing myself in fluorescent lights every day). How has no one figured out better lighting in office buildings yet?
As I stepped off my commuter bus for the last time on Friday morning, it felt like any other day. But as I turned in my badge and carried my belongings out of the office a few hours later, I knew it was the start of something incredible.