alea jacta est
“Alea jacta est (the die is cast)”
Julius Caesar, January 10, 49 BC as he led his army across the River Rubicon in northern Italy.
If I wasn’t pompous enough with that opening quote, forgive me, I tried. The events of one’s own life are monumental in the extreme. We entered into a contract to sell our house this weekend, so I can truly say now that I will be putting into practice a lot of what I’ve written here: we are changing our lives, uprooting ourselves and seeking to make our life conform to our desires rather than allowing the winds of fate to push us willy-nilly throughout our lives.
Selling a house also makes me think how strange it is that amounts like we have been discussing (in the halves-of-millions ranges) can be thrown about so casually and yet require such quick and firm decisions. It took me months to agree to buy a new dishwasher. I had to decide on a selling price for our home in 24 hours (actually less). As it was when we bought the house, it has been an interesting lesson in learning how to make large decisions and live with them.
I have thought for 30 years that life is unpredictable, and I have yet to be proven wrong. When I was 10, I could never have imagined living in Germany by the time I was 16. When I was living in Germany, I could never have imagined that by the age of 27 I’d be living in Moscow. While living in Moscow, I would have scoffed at the idea of living in New York, a city I detested the first time I visted it. After living in Manhattan for years, I could not have imagined living in New Jersey; and after living in New Jersey, I had often dreamed of living in a warmer clime but never expected that to happen. Life prods you forward and defies your expectations.
On a more down-to-earth tone, we have a massive amount of personal finance to organize, and I’ll be concentrating on that work as we do it. My search for contract work and alternative income will continue, and thanks to the internet and location independent living I’ll have some options to move my work along with me – like this blog. I have made my first tentative steps towards a total career change, too. I hope that reading about it will be as interesting as living it will be!