Jenna gave me this great card about being FEARLESS as a little send off on this journey. Actually, it is easy to pull out your credit card and book a lot of flights and hotels and take a map and say “yes, that is exactly where I will go next!” But tomorrow I’m doing something I’ve never done before-and that is actually kinda scary.
I’m not the first person to take off traveling around the world, but it’s the first time I’m doing it, and that makes it a bit scary for me. And 3 months of it will be alone-what if I don’t like myself that much?
“Un-possible!”, I say.
Even tho I’m sorta packed, I need to re-evaluate every item and look at all the other items in my house that might miss me if they don’t make the cut. Like, “look at you, you cute little t shirt, you’re just gonna sit in that drawer for 4 months?” “Maybe you want to come along?”
I should note that I’m packing everything for the next 4 months in a carry on bag. Including a sleeping bag, towel, pillow, shoes and clothes. I can only take so many cute t shirts. And dresses. And shoes. DON’T TELL THEM
Quite a few months ago this trip seemed like a long way in the future. And all my preparation was a good tool for procrastinating and avoiding the gym. “Well, I need to research the climate in Peru in December this morning, so I don’t think I will be able to make it to the gym.”
However, I’m not sure if you know, but procrastination catches up to a girl. So, maybe I shoulda ordered that visa for Egypt a while ago- and now its too late. Here’s hoping that the internet advice of “get your visa when you arrive”, stands true.
On my list of things I’ve been researching-what to do about jet lag. I will say, I’ve researched it a lot because I don’t like what I’ve been finding. “The research” says not to drink on the plane. Well, here’s the thing; Tom and I have upgraded our seats to PLUS and we get free drinks. And we’re excited. And it’s the first day of our holiday. Soooooo, yeah. Jet lag, schmet lag. Bring on the free drinks, Westjet! And then that also included hangover. And the supposed jet lag right after that…
I have had so much support from my tribe. I think I heard from every single person today. I am so grateful. I hope that everyone that is embarking on a new thing and maybe feeling some fear, could have the kind of tribe I have surrounding them.
I got this great message today from my friend Michelle today and thought I should share:
Hey I wanted to touch base with you before you leave. As you head out with your backback and a grateful and open heart I wish for you to find the comfort in discomfort, to dig out your resilient spirit and your sense of adventure and find the good in every situation. While you are out there daring greatly never forget that sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself. May you return with a full bank of memories and an unchained soul. ❤
Some of the things I’m missing
- Jenna is setting up her room at UVic residence on September 4. I’m so proud of her and it kills me not to watch her set up her room and get settled.
- Maddie will be writing her EMT provincial exam in November. I’m not sure how she will get it done without my gentle reminders regarding proper nutrition, study habits and how much sleep a girl needs. She is a very resourceful and responsible young adult-and its a wonderful thing to watch your daughter become an independent woman who is on the track for a successful life.
- Mom and Annette and Beck will be planting a tree at Mom’s new place on Dad’s birthday. ‘Nuff said.
- I will also be missing my cousins wedding in October. She’s a lesbian and while weddings are fun, I’ve never been to a lesbian wedding before and I fully expect that this one will be OFF THE HOOK. I will be following along on social media and wishing I was a part of it all. Best wishes and congratulations in advance, Rochelle and Kelsey. Have a blast at your wedding, and then continue that into your lives!
I hope to do a lot of updates here as I travel. My tribe is counting on it, apparently.
Oh, is writing a blog post procrastinating? Why, yes it is.