Hundreds of miles into an epic hike across the French Pyrenees and into northern Spain, Steve Banfield knew the time when he could unburden himself would arrive in a matter of days.
Banfield carried a stone from his Seattle-area home with him on the Camino de Santiago trail this spring, and he intended to leave it atop the Cruz de Ferro, a mountain upon which travelers leave stones as a symbolic act of relieving a weight from their shoulders.
"For a while, I didn't know what that stone would be for me," said Banfield, who had left his job as CEO of BMW's ReachNow short-term rental brand months earlier after three years. "I didn't know until about three or four days ahead of time, and I realized for me, it was ReachNow. It was my baby, and it was time for me to put it down."
He wasn't the only one making peace with a big bet on mobility this year.