Telling others of your plans to go
Once you have decided to go, and you have told your child, work out who is next.
I loved my sister Glenda’s response “Go for it, you deserve it”. Encouragement like this is not always what you will get at the start, but it is a wonderful encouragement.
So think out a few answers to the curly questions that will be shot at you like fire-darts.
Little old ladies will tell you it is a shame your kid will grow up dumb. They won’t.
Others will tell you of children coming back from years of overseas travel, and being so much brighter than their peers, they will skip a grade.
If you practice this and make it part of life before you leave, the transition will be easier.
What you want to remember is you are an adult, and you have made this wise decision after giving it a serious thought, and proper goal planning.
You are free to live your life the way you want. Your dreams are not others dreams, they are unique to you. Many who think you are nuts, live in their cottages, with white picket fences, and have 2.2 children!
You are ready for the next chapter of life.
I was blessed with a mother (God rest her soul), who taught us to always be free to follow any career path we chose, as long as we were happy. What a woman!
The worst thing if you are selling your home is that the only thing you will keep hearing is “has your house sold yet?” I wish I had kept that part more of a secret – as it is quite draining to keep replying “not yet”.But each open inspection is one step closer to a sale, so I tell my son.
Take your time to prepare for your trip, and take your time to tell people. You may want to keep it a secret for a while – I did!
If you want to start a new chapter of life, and not keep your home because it is too much work, then don’t.
If you want to sell your car and buy a new one later when you return, do.
This is your time.