The Great Escape
It’s been almost three months since the great escape. We quit our jobs, sold our stuff (well, most of it anyway) and bought one-way tickets from Portland, Oregon to Italy. Sounds like a mid-life crisis, but the truth is we did this for a year about 17 years ago when our children were small. We didn’t know it then, but it turns out that experience was the trial run for the rest of our lives.
After that year in the Umbrian countryside, we returned to our lives. We worked, our children grew into their own lives and we returned to Italy most years to reconnect with that incandescent time when we tried on another life in another country.
Over the past several years, a series of seemingly unrelated events coalesced into a single, irresistible call. What if we could actually decide where we live, how we spend our time and what our legacy will be? Can we really let go of what we think we need to be happy for a new reality immersed in another culture? Do we have the drive to reinvent our future and ourselves? Guess we’ll find out . . .