Fisch auf dem Trockenen…I came across this German idiom on the first day that I cracked open my German for Dummies book (Thanks, Sierra!). It’s the German equivalent to our American Fish out of water, and as the near-title to my old blog, I chalked it up as one of the many, many signs affirming my decision to quit my job and go traipsing around the world with Nate. My Muay Thai Kru would call it another sign on the Golden Path. At the very least, it’s probably telling me to restart my blog, so without further ado…cue narrator voiceover…
Last time on a Fisch aug…ahem…I mean a Gisch aug dem Trockenen… we found our heroine struggling with the realities of finding a new identity and healthcare in America.
A lot happened in four years. My identity crisis did eventually right itself with time and the activities that filled that time. I recently summed it up to a friend from the past this way: I worked (with healthcare), started Thai kickboxing, fell in love, and decided to become a vagabond. Well, the last part isn’t exactly accurate. The object of the aforementioned love-falling, Nate, already had his own vagabonding plans when I came along. I just signed up. It was that easy.
Kind of. The signing up for a life of leisure and travel with this guy was bar none the easiest decision I’ve ever made. It was the ripples of that decision that were a little trickier. I’ve always heard about people quitting their jobs and traveling the world, but it seemed as unnatural to me as running away with the circus. Don’t even get me started on how hard it was for me to physically quit my job. I loved my job and the people I worked with. I was sick with stress and sure that I was disappointing everyone. Of course all of the hand-wringing was unfounded. Everyone was wunderbar with an outpouring of well-wishes. What struck me the most, though, was the number of private emails and messages I received from friends and coworkers alike that contained a mixture of healthy envy (I wish I could be that brave…) and offerings of their own leap-of-faith moments and the splendors that followed. To those of you who took the time to do that (you know who you are), danke schön.