I said goodbye to Sofie two days ago and has checked in to the University Guest House in Kampala. I will stay here the rest of the week. Tomorrow I will interview the first humanists for the podcasts. Uganda has a thriving humanist community with many organizations for humanists and freethinkers. I look forward to meeting them all.
back at 2018 it has been a crazy year with huge changes in my life – I decided
to sell everything I owned (besides my tiny car), my job was moved to another
country and my daughter Sofie & her boyfriend Rasmus decided to move to
London, luckily it meant that I could sublet their apartment – and finally I
decided to take a year off and travel around the world.
I don’t own anything. From today I don’t owe anything to anybody.
owners of my house got the keys today. Within a few weeks everything will be
settled. I can then relax and continue my planning for what’s next. Looking
back at the last 9 months so much has happened. My life has completely changed.
Everything sort of fitted into a turnaround, a turnaround for me – a new beginning.
Nine months ago, I was working more than full time as a quality manager in a large IT company with the responsibility for compliance and ISO certification within Northern Europe. A well payed job with lots of challenges and changes, just as I like it – but I wasn’t happy anymore.
At the same
time, I was considering selling my house and downsizing. My daughter moved away
from home 2 years ago, so I didn’t need the space anymore. I talked to the realtor
and we decided to put the house on the market. At the same time my daughter and
her boyfriend decided to move to London, and I was able to sublet their small apartment
down town Copenhagen.
Just before the summer holidays I was told my job would be moved to Finland. Since we were not able to find another role for me in the company in Denmark I was out of a job from the 1st of September. Due to my many years in the company I would get paid until the 1st of February.
All of this put together gave me the chance to look at my life all over again. I have worked and studied all my life. I got my first job at 13 delivering newspapers – I’ve been a nanny, a maid, a cleaner, working at a supermarket, at a newspaper, as a student’s counsellor and so on – supporting my self since I was 18 going through college and university. Also doing volunteer work most of the time since then. I have always worked, studied or done both at the same time.
I never had
a gap year. Now is the time for my gap year – now I have the time, my daughter
are not planning any grandchildren in the near future and my parents are in
good health, this is my window of opportunity.
decided that I want to travel around the world and see where it leads me.