T-Minus 34 Days

T-Minus 34 Days

It’s an incredibly exciting and incredibly scary countdown before an adventure. The alternating moments of “Yes I’m ready!” and “Oh God I didn’t even think of that!” abound.

Luckily, the big ticket items on my list are pretty much taken care of. I have a bicycle that I hope will carry me from one end of the country to the other. I have camping equipment, appropriate apparel for the trip and places to put them on my bike. I have a plane ticket to get to the other side of the country. I even have a plan (mostly) for my apartment and plans afterwards.

For a fair bit of time now I’ve been waiting to hear back from graduate schools about acceptance. It has been a little stressful to combine waiting for academic acceptance with trip preparation, but since these two endeavors fit so well together time wise, it made sense to attempt them together. As of right now though, I’ve been rejected from 5 of the 7 places I have applied to, and have come to terms with the fact that I probably won’t be in graduate school this coming Fall. Honestly, I think I’m okay with that.

I have an undergraduate degree in social work, and while I have enjoyed jobs where that was the main goal, I don’t think my passion always lies there. It’s a situation of “I’m good at it, but do I truly love it?” That answer is a firm “I don’t know.” Do I love it enough to spend 2 more years in graduate school for it? Possibly. But I do know that for the last 3 1/2 years I have been stuck in offices and jobs that don’t align perfectly with what I want to do. So this trip comes at the right time – a chance to stretch myself out to the edge of my abilities.

Easter is this weekend, and will hopefully involve some wonderful rock climbing. Trying to cram all the people and activites I want before I leave has been challenging, but not knowing if I’ll be back makes it an important priority. So in the next 4 weeks it’s going to be a whirlwind of final trip prep and friends. But it’ll be worth it.

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