I decided to do travel nursing. It's been a long, slow process getting here, but I finally have reached a breaking point where I need to get the heck away from this small town for a bit. There is a pretty solid chance I'll end up back here, as I don't want to live hundreds of miles from my family, but for now I need to go forth and explore.
There are a whole list of places I'd like to see and experience. I want to go live in the mountains, I want to live on the West Coast. I'd like see the Pacific Northwest. I want to live in a big city and take the metro to work. I'd like to learn to navigate a city bus system. I want to walk out my front door and see a volcano or a glacier. I'd like to be anywhere but here, at the moment.
Thus far I think my travels will take me to Denver, Seattle, San Diego, Sedona (or maybe Vegas!), Asheville, Washington DC, and New England. I might make it to all of these places, or I might not. It's okay. I think the biggest step is that I've made a step at all.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I can't wait to get out and live some - even if down the road I look back on this experience and go, "why did I leave a good thing? What was I thinking?!" It will be scary, since I'll be traveling alone. I've never been to many of these places. This is out of my comfort zone. What if I don't do well as a travel nurse? What if people don't like me? What if I don't know as much as I hope I do? There are many questions, but I'm hoping this will still be a grand time. Besides...
To live would be an awfully big adventure. -Peter Pan (yeah that's right, it's from Hook. So shoot me.)