It’s amazing how fluid life can be if you let it. One can easily lose sight of the peripherary when the blinders are on; make plans, lock them in, and stay the course no matter what might arise. This, in my view, is a difficult way to exist, always in opposition to the continual shifts in our surroundings, our options, and our future.
Things are always changing. We are always changing. Always.
This is all to say that our plans have shifted. We are still working on the RV (update soon on that – it’s looking awesome), and we are still planning to drive the PanAm. But our timeline has changed.
In waiting for our old dog to pass (she is 14), we don’t want to put our lives on hold, stagnating in anticipation of future reward. The vet speculates she might live to be 17, and in fact she seems to be reverse aging. The Benjamin Button of dogs. While this is wonderful in the sense we want her around, her longevity throws a bit of a wrench into our winter departure projection. So we decided to make a move and see what comes of it.
Ben has accepted a new job in Colorado and starts tomorrow. I will remain in New Mexico with the dogs until June, tidying up our affairs and selling/moving our belongings.
So our timeline has been pushed out at least a year. We signed a year lease in Colorado (oh, the commitment!), and we will see how our dog is faring when next summer arrives.
One might wonder if we are disappointed by this change in plans. After all, Colorado is nice and all, but it isn’t exactly a year vacation driving through South America. No, no it isn’t. But it will be a welcomed change of scenery, a change of pace at work, and a venue for all sorts of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities we’ve been lacking in southern New Mexico. And we like to roll with the changes, embrace what comes our way, and enjoy where we are at when we’re there. So no, we’re not that bummed out about it. Our dog deserves to enjoy her golden years.
Besides, the PanAm will presumably still be there in 2015 (and 2016, 2017, etc.), and our RV will be extra awesome with all that time to work on it.
So for now…
PS – Another bonus: a whole new world of adventure to write about! Now that we’re out of limbo, I’ll be able to post again with some regularity. Get ready for the beautiful Rockies!