Friday, September 28, 2012

The Great Escape

Written by Karen.

At 7:38 am, after literally working all-night, our little caravan consisting of Chinook and our VW Tiguan pulled out of our driveway for the last time. Our new tenants are expected to pull into our driveway at 8:00 am and begin moving into our home, which they will now call their home for the next nine months. We beat the clock by some 22 minutes.

The deep fatigue and the pain that comes from over-lifting heavy furniture and carrying unwieldy boxes up and down stairs for the past four days will hit us full force in several hours. But for now, as I stop at the top of the driveway and look down at our cozy home in the cool, misty, early morning light for one last time, I am surprised by how unemotional I am.

I think back on the past two years and the process that we have undergone to get to this moment. It's been exhilarating and personally powerful, yet terrifying, stressful, and sad as well.

We have downsized significantly - giving away, throwing away, or selling things that mattered to us. But there was no room either in the storage facility or in our new lifestyle for many of those things any longer, and the hard decisions had to be made. I looked over to my left at the side yard deck where birds, rabbits and the occasional deer would hang out in the trees and shrubs and thought about the countless discussions that Adam and I had there: Were we doing the right thing? Were we making the right decisions? Had we completely lost our minds?! I thought about the 2 am freak-out moments when I would wake up in a cold sweat of fear and think, "holy shit, what are we doing?!" and then work my way slowly back to solid ground.

Each step taken towards attaining this goal of ours has not been easy, but it has been right - for us. The flicker of our dream to live in various places around the world was small two years ago, but it is raging now. We both know with absolute certainty that this journey that we are about to embark on is right. Absolutely right.

I pull out of the driveway and follow Adam who is already at the red stop light at the end of the block. One step closer to turning our dream into a reality - and one block removed from the way things used to be...

Our living room 
Our living room/dining room



SurlyTraveller said...

Wow, this is just amazing! After all that effort, to see the reality unfolding, how exciting, and weird, and strange, and exciting- all wrapped up in one!

Observers of Life said...

Hi ST:

Thanks for your comment! It's been a long journey to get to this place - it is very strange and weird - but getting very exciting! It's finally all coming together.....and who knows what lies ahead??