Have you ever wanted to quit your job, drop everything, and move abroad to pursue your dreams?
This Autumn, we did just that. We saved up some starter cash, then sold almost everything and packed our bags for Europe.
We had a plan. Valerie and I are married to brothers, engineers who started a company with their business partner out of Edinburgh. The possibility of relocating from California to Scotland has been on our radar for a while, but the time had to be just right for us to meet our visa requirements and move as a family. Yet, all the waiting wasn’t working. So with Edinburgh as a goal but with no guarantee of success, we set our sights first on the South of France, putting us close enough to the center of business for the guys to move things forward while we sorted out the details.
There were so many things we needed to take care of in the weeks (months!) leading up to the jump. We bought our tickets first. It helped set us a deadline so all the other stuff could fall into place. With each step in the process, things felt more and more real, but it wasn’t until we gave notice at work that it really hit us what a gigantic enormous freaking huge change we were making.
The support was awesome! When we were dealing with uncertainty we were met with a ton of good wishes, not to mention a few requests to stowaway with us. It struck me just how many people would love to do something (crazy) like this, but can’t because of a million, perfectly valid, reasons. It really helped soften the transition to be reminded of the upside, particularly when we started to face leaving so many things behind.
We all had our doubts about the process. We had to give up good insurance coverage and familiar routines without a sure timeline for life getting back to normal. For all of us, the weeks leading up to the flight were probably the busiest in our lives, with extra work demands, trying to fit in last-minute medical and dental check-ups, and packing to move on top of it all.
We reached the finish line, hauling ourselves and our massive piles of luggage into the airport for our early morning flight, fuelled by excitement and plenty of airport caffeine.
Of course, we probably left some things undone and forgot things we might need. The truth is, you will always forget something. So let it be a little thing, and let it go gracefully. It works in life as well as in travel. Before we knew it, we were through airport security; then there was no looking back.