Jared’s Last Day

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Today is Jared’s last day of work for at least a year.

We’re two and a half weeks from hitting the road and he’s going to be spending that time getting the SUV ready, helping make last-minute arrangements, and sleeping in. There will probably be naps in there as well.

In two weeks he’ll pick up his last paycheck.

And then that’s it.

For a year.

Can you imagine? An entire year without having to worry about showing up to work, dealing with office politics, or doing anything just because you have bills to pay.

What would you do with an entire year off?

Jared will be living with his wife and two kids in an RV. He’ll be in charge of the kids’ schooling. And he will be thinking about what he wants to be when he grows up.

Jared has been working to support a wife and kids since before he technically had a wife or kids. When I was pregnant with Devin, he worked a full-time job to help put a roof over our young heads and to provide health insurance for his coming son. For the last 11 years, he’s worked at the most profitable job that was available to him at the time, with no thought to things like passion or vocation. He did what he had to do to provide, because that’s who Jared is.

He’s never complained. Not once.

Not when I started a business.

Not when I stayed home for a year with the kids.

Not when I wanted to quit jobs that I hated. He encouraged me to quit, promising that we’d be OK, and then making sure that we were.

He’s been the rock for 11 years while I’ve rambled and searched.

And now it’s his turn.

If it wasn’t for this trip, I don’t think he’d ever take the time to stop and ask himself what he really wants to do. It’s so hard to break out of the daily cycle of just doing what needs to be done, and before you know it the daily cycle has become years, and then a lifetime, and you’ve got a few “golden years” of retirement to spend exploring your passions.

But today he hits the stop button on that merry-go-round. Today he gets to step off, step back, and wait to see what he sees.

I am so, so thrilled to be able to give this to him.

What would you do with an entire year off?6014551b79bdc034a63ea8a39b2a260a

 

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