Two days ago, I hopped on my bike and rode to Naval Base San Diego for the last time. After nearly seven years in the Navy, it was time to make the transition back to civilian life. It was a moment I had been looking forward to for nearly a year; a moment that I would sometimes dream about.
However, when the time finally arrived, it was bittersweet. I quickly came to the realization that I was leaving behind the profession that had identified me for nearly my entire adult life. Then the questions started to pop into my head. Was I making the right call? Was it foolish to leave a secure job in the middle of one of the worst financial crisis in decades?
Eventually those thoughts faded and the weight lifted off my chest. I knew I’d made the right decision and I began to think about the adventure that lay ahead. There’s something exciting about a fresh start and the unknown.
So today, I packed my bags, made my way to the historic Gas Lamp District in downtown San Diego, and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. I won’t say that it’s been an easy start. I’ve pushed nearly fifty miles, gaining 4,000 feet in elevation, while battling the searing heat of southern California.
I’m excited to share this journey with you as I make my way across America. I’m equally excited to spread the word about all the great things that CreatiVets is doing. If you haven’t already, please checkout their website, Facebook page, and Instagram.
That’s all for now. The mountains kicked my butt today and I need to get some rest. Please check back for updates in the coming days!
P.s. please bear with me, as I am writing these posts from my phone.