This is it.
I officially gave my resignation notice at my job today. Things suddenly seem very real.
I’ve known for a couple of months now that we are going to move to Turkey, but the feeling hasn’t completely sunk in. There was a brief, surreal sort of joy when we first got hired, but life pretty much resumed to normal immediately after because, at the time, it still felt very far away. Not so much anymore.
I’m still not 100% sure how to describe what I’m feeling now. It’s definitely bittersweet. Obviously, I’m excited for the future and can’t wait to start my dream career of traveling around the world teaching. I know that there are amazing things in store for us and I still can’t help but smile every time I tell someone I’m going. At the same time, now that it’s getting closer, I can’t help but feel a little sad and a little scared. I’m sad because I’m leaving behind a great job, one that literally saved my life at a time when life was very dark for me (a story for another time…). I’m sad because I’m leaving behind everything I’ve ever known: my family, my friends, and my home for over 20 years. I’m nervous about all of the changes and the looming shadow of uncertainty that comes with the territory of uprooting your life.
I suppose that’s why today feels like the right day to start documenting my experiences. Today feels like the first step on a long and exciting journey. Though it technically began with the decision to move, the job search, and landing the job, today has marked the first concrete separation between my current life and the one that is soon to come.
I’m hoping to use this blog as a bit of a memory bank for myself, to record the good times and the bad. It’s also a good way to keep friends and family posted on what I’m up to when I’m halfway around the world. Perhaps it will be helpful to others who are looking into travel teaching and want to know what the process and experience is like.
Anyway, here’s to the start of a new chapter in my life and to hoping I actually stick with this whole blogging thing.