who are the watsons?
We are a 30-something married couple who decided to leave behind our home, careers and comfortable Silicon Valley lifestyle to try a new course. Join us as we travel the world to learn about other cultures, lifestyles and ways to generate income beyond the traditional 9-5.

Attachment and impermanence

Before we left California, one of our friends told us that she couldn’t do what we were doing.  She didn’t feel comfortable, she said, purging most of her belongings, packing up her home, and leaving it behind indefinitely.  At the time, we were having so much fun purging, and particularly watching people get excited over our free-cycles, that we couldn’t relate.

Selling my car before we left Hawaii gave me a much better understanding  of what she meant.  The process was more difficult than we expected, both physically and emotionally.  It was a challenge to sell the vehicle quickly because the economy in Hawaii is particularly depressed due to lack of tourism right now, and it was hard for me to let my beloved car go for the price people were offering (anywhere from $3,000-$5,000 below blue book).

Last hurrah with the Rav

The Rav was the best car I’ve owned and I’d buy another in a heartbeat, if we weren’t traveling.  We ended up selling the car to a 20-something couple who will love it as much as we do, so success was had, albeit at a price 25-percent below what we expected.  With 20/20 hindsight, it would have been more cost-effective to sell my car in Silicon Valley and rent a car on the Big Island, but we did the best we could with the information we had at the time, and we don’t regret the decision or the experience.  It was all another lesson in impermanence.

Saying goodbye to my car & my favorite summer dress, which went to Goodwill