…a year ago…
- Edward in “The End of the Beginning” by Avi
One year ago today, we left on our big adventure. A year ago. I vividly remember what it was like that morning – finishing our packing, wrapping up the house, and saying goodbye with butterflies in our stomachs. So much unknown ahead…so much exploring on the horizon.
So I ask myself now, “where are we today?” Besides the obvious – at the kitchen table (Sian), in NYC (Per), at school (the girls), I still find it hard to say where we are on a deeper level. If you think you are tired of hearing me say, “I’m not really sure”, imagine how tired I am of saying it! But it is the truth. Last January, I wrote a blog about transformation. People kept saying, “this trip will transform you”, and I believe it is true, but HOW?
Therein lies the biggest mistake. The question is not, “how did the trip transform you?” The question should be, “how is this experience going to change you moving forward?” What is transformation if not seeing things from a new perspective?
So instead, I ask myself, “what next?” We will write a book. In complete honesty, a book has been in the back of my mind since last January, but I’m still struggling with what it will look like. But now I’ve said it out loud to you all, so I’m committed. As we know from the very beginning of this crazy idea back in 2008, accountability keeps us motivated. I am also designing a curriculum enrichment program so we can take this journey into middle schools. The richness of our adventure came from experiencing it with Linnea and Kajsa. Kids have such vivid imaginations, an incredible sense of possibility, and an inherent ability to find fun. If sharing our experiences motivates just one child to have their own adventure, I will be thrilled. Again, I’m not sure what this program will look like, but darn it, I’ve said it out loud, so be sure to keep me accountable. I am open to suggestions, ideas, and help of any kind.
This past weekend the four of us had lunch at our favorite Japanese restaurant, and I posed this question:
“If I told you we could leave on another trip around the world in 2 days, would you go?”
The answers were, “yes, yes, yes and yes”. Enough said.
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