Going into the unknown not because I have to, but, because I choose to.
I recently fulfilled an 8 year promise that I made at the age of 18 and fulfilled as a 27 year old man, that promise was to graduate from a University. It took 4 years in the military, 4 years of school and a lot of hard work and dedication. This all came to head with my graduation this month.
Saying goodbye is never easy
Fast forward to today and I'm days out from getting in my vehicle, traversing the country for a month, settling in a place I know nothing about, and have no fixed situation to transition into. Some parts of that idea excite me, other parts quite the opposite. However I do believe that in life we have to challenge ourselves so that we may bring out out the best in us, and so I look forward to what this will bring.
Putting the challenge aside what I try not to dwell on is those who will be effected by this adventure and subsequent move. Not because I don't care, but I know doing so would take an emotional toll, one that will not be productive for what's ahead.
Over the last few months my family and I have touched on this topic briefly. We tend to focus on the now, cherishing and living up the experiences of the present.
See I know I will miss out on a lot of experiences, a lot of milestones, a lot of life. This reality is the dilemma someone with an adventurous spirit and a heart filled with travel must come to bear and accept.
I'm one that likes to look forward and always carry the great memories of that past with me, so they may serve me when I need them.
Even though I won't be a permanent fixture I'm never one for a goodbye. See I'm one who will stop by from time to time and make sure everything is well, and once everything is well mark out new ground to traverse.
That's why I always leave with this being said:
" This is not a goodbye, it's just a See you Later"