A Crazy Idea

I have a crazy idea.

I think this is the part where I say “Just crazy enough to work.” But I don’t know if it will work.

I also don’t know if it’s just boredom. I don’t know if it will help me find whatever it is that I’m looking for.

I do know it’s scary. I do know it’s the kind of thing that parents advise against. And the kind of thing that friends encourage, or at least until they realize you’re serious. And I do know that I’m so beyond restless.

I have a crazy idea.

In a few months I get to celebrate the wedding of two friends who are awesome and I wish I could see more. I get to go all the way to DC for the wedding and then head to New York to visit another friend and just enjoy the city. While looking at flight and train plans for getting there and back, a thought popped into my head.

What if I didn’t come back to work? What if I left my job, took my vacation pay and spent some time exploring? What if I took trains, took my time, meandering my way back to the West Coast? What if I did all that and wrote about it and took photos and video to share and to remind myself of it all later?

Then the serious questions appeared: could I really leave my job? What would my family say? What would I do when I got back? Could I afford it? What would my roommate do? Where would I go? How long would I spend? Am I just trying to escape? Will I be able to keep up my half marathon training? What would I do if I don’t come back energized? What would I do if I couldn’t find a job when I got back?

I don’t really know the answers to any of those questions. Despite that fact, I have started formulating a plot. A plan. An itinerary?

I’ve always found the best way to approach a crazy idea is to answer the questions you want to know the answers to and avoid the ones you don’t.

A month.

Philadelphia – DC – Atlanta – New Orleans – Chicago – Denver – Salt Lake City – Sacramento – Portland – LA?

Philadelphia – DC – Atlanta – New Orleans – Chicago – Minneapolis – Portland – LA?

Philadelphia – DC – Atlanta – New Orleans – Houston – San Antonio – Tucson – LA – Oakland?

I have a crazy idea.


7 thoughts on “A Crazy Idea

  1. Sara

    My move to LA started as a “crazy idea” – and now look where I am! I was ready to take the plunge when I figured out that the absolute worst case scenario wasn’t that scary to me. Can’t wait to hear how this develops!!!

  2. terra

    On your way from DC to Atlanta, you should absolutely stop in Richmond, since it’s on the way, and I will treat you to delicious IPAs, and we can go for runs together and eat all the delicious things. Seriously. I’m living in this house alone, have a beautiful guest room and all I’m lacking in is guests.

  3. carissajaded

    I’m living in my most favorite place on earth after I just packed up my car with everything I could fit in it and took off, with nary a cent to my name. I couldn’t be happier. A weekend turned into nearly two years. Of course I went almost an entire year without most of my things, but I made do!

    And definitely make some stops in Texas. But if you go to San Antonio, you have to spend some time in Austin. Do it!

    1. kelly Post author

      I think my main problem is not leaving a coworker that I actually like hanging. Regardless, I’ll be in New York the last week of March and I demand we meet up!


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