A Change in Latitude

First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down. —Ray Bradbury

A week from today I will be starting over again in a new state, in a new town, with new adventures.  This will be my second move in three years.  Some people jump out of airplanes, I do cross-country moves…with pets!

I’ve been told that I’m so brave to take on such a huge move (not really – I just choose to interpret scary as exciting), while others wince at the mere thought of having to start over from scratch in completely new surroundings and think I’ve lost my mind (well, maybe just a little but I’m cool with that).

I believe and trust that with each subsequent move I make and the challenges that come along with it, I grow into the next best version of myself.

When I first moved to North Carolina after my divorce, I set an intention that I would be open to everything and attached to nothing.  Rather than collecting things, I chose to create memories.  In the last couple of weeks, I have purged even more of my belongings.

Little by little I’m letting go of the person I used to be in order to make room for the mid-life adventuress I am becoming.

Perhaps you too have outgrown your current environment.  Maybe you’ve contemplated downsizing your home or you’re facing an empty nest and wondering, “what do I do now?” 

Have you always wanted to experience the bustle of city life, the peace of country living or even living in a foreign country? 

Moving away gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and can turn out to be a rewarding experience.  Every day is a new adventure.  There’s no time to think about the past.  There are new people to meet and new friends to be made; restaurants to be discovered along with parks and hills to be explored. 

In a way, it’s like being a small piece of a massive jigsaw puzzle that slowly gets put together as you feel your way around. Once the pieces are all in their respective place, you get to step back and admire this new life you created for yourself.

I don’t know if I will eventually put down roots in my new city, but with my new found freedom, I feel bolder and more confident than I have in years.  My mind is open to all kinds of possibilities which I’ve never considered before.   

If you have the desire and courage to pursue it, trust me, it’s never too late.  The sky is the limit and all you need to do is tune in to your internal compass, step forward and let the magic of wanderlust guide you to your next glorious adventure.