The Stars Have Aligned
How did I get to this place in my life, this place that feels so confusing yet entirely energizing? It's a long story that goes back 39 years. I won't bore you will ALL the details, but some are important.
I don't find my job very fulfilling. In fact, I've never found any job to be entirely fulfilling. They've all had their perks and some have made me very happy for a small amount of time; or moderately happy for a longer period. But true professional happiness has always eluded me. I am on a quest to find that professional happiness I have always craved. And I know where I want to be, I just don't quite know how to get there.
I was raised in a home where we traveled a lot, and explored often. We were outdoorsy, but in a very affluent sort of way; we sailed and snorkeled and flew to exotic resorts and rented large homes for family vacations. I don't recall ever going camping with my family and, like most kids, my siblings and I weren't keen on long hikes into the wilderness. We saw the world and I am fortunate for that. It's one of the stars that have finally aligned to get me to this place.
As a teen and young adult, the only hiking I ever did was a quick, two-to-three miler up a small hill overlooking a lake in New Hampshire. I did this hike numerous times because the view was gorgeous, but it wasn't exactly a life-changing thing for me.