I have no keys!

In January, one night, I booked a plane ticket.  I picked the dates that I thought would be ideal to walk the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, but I bought the ticket without doing the thing I had done for every trip I had taken in the last 20 years, requesting the time off from work.  I had decided that walking the Camino was going to be the first thing I do after quitting my job.

I’ve invested 20 years, my entire professional career, with the US Federal Government. That kind of secure job is not something I ever thought I’d give up, but in a quest to find more out of life I have. After saving up for the last three years and a lot of daydreaming, I’m at the airport for my first destination in what I hope is at least a year of travel.

It still has not sunk in that I was able to pull this off. Over the summer I sold my townhouse, minimized my possessions before putting the rest in storage, and crashed at a friend’s house for the last month. Yesterday I sold my car which just feels weird since I have had a car since I was 14. My backpack is packed, but the thing that is making it real is that I have no keys! No house key, no car key and no keys for work. I’ve always focused on my home,and by extension my car, as my safe place- the place I can relax. Here begins my challenge to find that sense of home out and about in the world.

16 Replies to “I have no keys!”

  1. I raise my glass to you! I wish I had the courage to break free and follow my calling rather than play it so safe. Good luck and keep us posted!

    1. I will. Thank you!

  2. Let the adventure begin!

  3. Woohoo – let the games begin!

    1. I hope! So far the Camino isn’t qualifying as a game. Too tired but the route is about to get easier.

  4. I hope being keyless opens many new doors for you!

    1. Thank you. I’m going to start looking at it that way.

  5. A wide world awaits you! Best wishes and see you again sometime!

    1. Thank you. I’ll come check in at the PSC at some point.

  6. Keep looking forward! You’re forging a trail for many others behind you!

  7. Wow, Rebecca. I am cheering for you from my safe place. Your journey is thought provoking for me. I wish you many excellent discoveries.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you are following along.

  8. Wow! What a wonderful adventure. So excited for you. I look forward to following your travels.

    1. Thank you!

  9. I’m so excited for you and grateful that you are sharing your journey in words and pictures. Have an amazing time!

    1. Thank you!

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