Upon my return to the states a few weeks ago after 3 months abroad, I was confronted with the reality that I needed to regroup, visit my west coast storage unit, and prepare for an altogether different kind of journey. I needed to prepare for an open ended kind of journey, one in which I had no idea how long I'd be gone, what kind of climate I'd be in, what I'd be doing for a living, who I'd meet or see along the way. It's a unique experience to pack for the unknown. It's one I welcomed with open and excited arms.
After a few days reflecting on the process ahead, I decided I needed to make a list. Not the kind of list you immediately think of that includes things like 2 pairs of jeans, 5 t-shirts, travel hair dryer, lots of chapstick...I know all of that by heart at this point. What I needed to list, were the kinds of experiences I needed to pack for and a list of the traits I wanted to embody with the items I packed. I decided that everything I packed and, just as importantly, everything I left behind, must fit the new ideal vision I had for my life. And so I created my list of experiences to pack for. It's in my journal and it looks like this:
My second list is titled And Who do I Want to Be? It looks like this:
Every piece of clothing, every accessory, every token and trinket I packed into my two bags was chosen with care and careful consideration for the intended road ahead. Every piece fits one of these intentions for my journey. I want to feel and chase every single one of my new dreams. I plan to be very deliberate and have strong intentions for the moves I make now, and with the items and pieces of me I have packed, I feel fully prepared.