Â 4. Â Coordinating our mid-life crises. Â If I had my way, my mid-life crisis would probably be me packing up my family and living off the grid in the woods somewhere, gardening and not answering the phone. Â If Rob had his way, he would quit his job and lock himself in a recording studio, leaving only Â to see live music.
Those daydreams are becoming increasingly clear and tempting. Â There is no doubt that, as we enter our 40s, things are starting to feel like a bit of a slog, a rut, like something needs to change. Â I can think ofÂ many super fun, totally destructive ways in which we could express these feelings. Â Instead, we’re leaving the country.
3. Â Our jobs are making it possible. Â Thanks to Rob’s career, it’s possible for him to work remotely. Â So he (bravely, I think) asked his bosses and co-workers what they thought about the idea. Â I mean, there is working from home, and then there is working from home 5 thousand miles and six times zones away. Â But his company is an internet start-up. Â There is a certain amount of risk inherent in that kind of job. Â The benefit is that, as risk takers, they didn’t automatically nix ourÂ idea. Â They are willing to give it a try for a year. Â How could we possibly not take advantage of that opportunity?
As for my job, I’m working part time for a non-profit that will be sad to see me go, but will be happy to give me hours when I come back. Â I also do editing work from home. Â But remember, I used to be an ESL teacher in a former life. Â I’ll be dusting off that hat pretty soon.
2. Â Learning a second language. Â Our kids have been in a dual language schoolÂ since kindergarten. Â It was a new program when they started, and so all the bugs have been worked out on them, for better or worse. Â Â Now is our chance to solidify and celebrate whatÂ they’ve workedÂ so hard to achieve. Â They’ll come back closer to fluent and more confident in their language abilities. Â At least, that’s what we hope. Â Rest assured there will be much more on this topic later.
1.Â Timing. Â Yes, it’s a mid-life thing. Â Yes the housing rental market in Austin is good. Â Yes the dollar is strong against the Euro. Â But mostÂ importantly, the time is right for our kids. Â One more year before middle school, and all the changes that will bring to the family. Â Right now they are happy just being with us. Â Right now they play together at home and take care of each other at school. Â Right now they’re old enough to remember and young enough to go along with a plan this crazy. Â There is no time like the present for an adventure, and no one else I’d rather experience it with. Â We’re jumping into a giant unknown together, and whatever happens, I don’t think we could possibly regret it.
Now, can we get through the logistics? Â And if we do, how will we handle the challenges? Â I’ll post about it on my other blog. Â !SÃgame, por favor!