Every week I make a promise to myself to get all my “Beyond the Gilded Cage” sites updated, to post regularly and to talk to you all more often.

I sit down at the computer and start to type something, then stop.

The words are not coming to me easily these days. I can’t quite figure out how I feel about all this, retirement and moving and living in a trailer for a year.

Are we just adding another year of uncertainty to our lives, just when we finally have a chance to have some control?

By choosing to travel the U.S. for a year, we are taking some time to very deliberately figure out what we want to do with the rest of our lives. Or, to look at it another way, we are putting off the hard decisions for as long as possible.

I don’t think any of us – me, Mark or the kids – can quite wrap our heads around this yet.

We are in the classic “hurry up and wait” phase now. A lot of the hard work has been done in terms of preparation, and now we are in a holding pattern for a few weeks until we have another series of appointments on base to set up the move, dropping off the car, flights to the U.S., etc.

Also, in the next month or so, I’ll be traveling to the U.S. to try and buy the trailer, and possibly the truck, too.

It’s a lot to process.

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