We recently took a quick trip up to Jedd’s alma mater where he spoke about Peace Corps on an alumni panel for students interested in volunteer service after graduation. It gave us the opportunity to meet up with a number of people from Jedd’s college days. Over breakfast with one of Jedd’s former mentors at PLU, we had a great discussion about what we’re doing (or not doing) with our lives.
We had found ourselves losing enthusiasm and struggling in the absence of a real focus or direction for our lives. Thankfully, he reminded us why we chose our particular way of life in the first place and that choosing our own path naturally comes with its own set of challenges, including uncertainty. We left very grateful for his insights and re-motivated to carry on.
I reflected on our situation, feeling the need to remind myself what we have to be thankful for, and I shared a series of photos from our recent nomadic life on the travel blog. Here’s a quick excerpt and link to that post:
The number of people we’ve been able to reconnect with in the past 6 months due to our flexible lifestyle (most of whom we wouldn’t have seen at all without traveling to them):
High school friends: 5
College friends: 18
Peace Corps friends: 8
Number of States where we saw these people: 10, plus Canada and France
Percentage of people we visited who we hadn’t seen in 2 years since leaving for Peace Corps: 95%
Percentage of people we visited who we hadn’t seen in 5+ years: 21%