Getting up to speed
I used to be a serious, career-focused person for the first few decades of my life.
Then I decided to throw it all away to be a trailing expat spouse.
It promised to be exciting — a day without agenda, no concept of time of day, or day of week — day after day, punctuated by all the fun stuff I loved to do — reading, jigsaw puzzles, traveling, photography. And to build some more hobbies along the way.
Taking stock today, I’ve spent more years as the trailing spouse than I did at any of my ‘real’ jobs. It’s been a roller coaster ride through Vietnam, Indonesia and Peru, and I don’t want it to stop yet. I’ve learned 2 new languages, at least enough to get by, acquired Advanced Open Water Diver credentials, volunteered as a museum tour guide in Jakarta, started up and shut down a company, not yet completed the photography course but did manage to build something of a career from it. And traveled. To see more places than I believed would be possible, but not kept up with my ever-growing wish list.
Let’s just say, I’m in the process of finding myself.