If not now… then when?

In exactly one month I will be going on my next adventure, and even though I don’t usually write before going travelling (only during or after), this adventure deserves an introductory post.

Let’s face it…. the past 2 years have been a bit of a shit show…. Covid, shit Brexit Deal, a “closer to home” war (adding to all the others). For me, all this has led to not being able to see friends or travel, to overworking and ultimately … burnout.

Back in October 2021 it was all too much and I actually had to be signed off work for 2 weeks due to burnout (yes, I’m being open about it, no shame). During that time, and in part thanks to therapy (which I’ve been doing for over a year), I’ve decided that it was time to stop.

And this is where it gets interesting…

I’ve decided that buying a house is not for me (not yet). I decided that having a family is not for me (just yet). And I’ve decided that the timing will never be right for the things I want to do. I just need to go for it….because… if not now, then when?

I asked for a sabbatical at work and decided that 6 months away was just what the doctor ordered.

On the 30th April, exactly 1 month from today, I will be going on a little adventure for 6 months. As it is my style, I’ll be travelling (mostly) alone, with a backpack, a fair bit of fear and all the dreams a short girl like me can hold.

My work place calls it a career break. Or Sabbatical Leave. Some people call it an extended holiday. Others called it a “break from life”. For me, it’s non of those.

It’s a break from my day job, but certainly not a career break. As per “Le Google” …. career is “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.“… and I see this as one of the biggest opportunities I will have to progress and learn as a human being.

This adventure will be an opportunity to open my mind, to allow my body to forget its daily routine but mainly an opportunity to feed the soul.

I’m excited and scared. I have no idea what will happen or if I’ll be able to go to the places that I’d like to go to.

But hey…. if not now, then when?

*more blogs on how the trip is going in the future and you can follow @mariana_v_rocha (instagram) for live updates.

Published by Mariana Vieira da Rocha

"I think it's perfectly acceptable and rather admirable to be moderately delusional"

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