My mind is swirling with thoughts of falling, drowning, sunburn, and wild dog attacks. As a way to introduce us to Zion National Park, there is a recording playing on the bus. The serious female voice is telling us of the history of the park and various trails as well as safety reminders.
“You are responsible for your own safety.”
Through the 2 hours of hiking (that was at the time torturous, but now a fond memory) this tag line was on repeat in my head. It has since become my personal motto.
Turns out, this line can be adopted to suit many needs – I am responsible for my own … fun, comfort, health, sleep.
My husband, Jon, and I have decided to take a year off of adult living. One year ago, we decided to capitalize on the housing market in Seattle and sold our house. We had lived in it for five fantastic years. It was a charming house. And I loved it. I mean, I really loved it. Oh that fireplace and those scanhattans. But there were things that needed to be done. During the process of selling the house we slowly flipped through thoughts of what to do next. Meanwhile, we moved into a tiny apartment in downtown Seattle that had a beautiful view from the 16th floor. Life went on per usual. Me, working as an ob/gyn in a large practice and Jon, working remotely for an international NGO. For months, we marinated on ideas about where to go and what to do during our year(ish) off. We took trips, read books and blogs, and talked with people we did (and didn’t) know. As life does, the answers slowly presented themselves. First – we would go to Paris. We would mask around as Parisians. We would have a neighborhood boulanger to buy bread from and lots of cheese to eat. Then, I wanted some time at the beach. So – to the beach we will go. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, – we wanted to slow down a little. To breathe. To live. To be. To move. So we will slow down in Cairanne for the remainder of our time.
I have been asked a number of times if we are doing this because I am “burned out.” No. Far from it actually. If you know me, you know I have a plan. This is all part of the plan. So here I am, being responsible for my safety!