I’ve been listening to an audio book called This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself by Juliana Buhring. Juliana Buhring is an ultra-endurance cyclist, who holds the first Guinness World Record for Fastest Woman to Circumnavigate the World by Bicycle. She rode over 29,000 miles in 152 days. It’s a fascinating story, and I admire her courage and strength, not only to make the decision to attempt to do a monumental challenge, but also doing it solo. While I’m not done with the book yet, I would highly recommend it.
I’ve been having a bit of difficulty acclimating to the normal routine after our trip to Wyoming. While we were away for less than a week, I loved being on the road, seeing new parts of the country that I had never seen. I loved the hiking. I loved the “let’s hurry up and get our work done so that we can play outside” attitude of the Lander, WY people.
Maybe it’s because I’m almost 53 and I’m just tired of working. I’m not lazy, and I don’t hate my job. I like the work I do, in fact. But I’ve been working since the age of 12 or 13, when I started getting my first babysitting jobs, then moving on to bussing tables at restaurants, and lots of different jobs after that. I’ve worked my ass off for a lot of years. I’ve worked more than I’ve played, most likely.
I just want to play. More to the point, I want to play outside. I want to hike and cycle, and anything else that will get me outside, enjoying nature, and just enjoying new places and experiences.
If I had a nickle for every time that I’ve considered quitting my job and selling all of our belongings and just going on adventures, I’d have enough money to quit my job, sell all of the possessions, and go on adventures.
I have to stay real, though. David and I have responsibilities. We have jobs, bills to pay, dogs to take care of. Sometime in the future, we’ll have grandbabies. I want to stay close to my girls and their families; I couldn’t bear to be apart from them for too long.
Adventures, though. They’re out there, waiting.
No worries. I’m going to get my work done, so I can go outside and play.