Today, I leave on an adventure! After two months of researching every detail, talking with others who have forged this path, I leave today to begin my two-month journey in India. I have to say, this has been an incredible emotional roller coaster. I’ve made this choice, me. A choice to do this for me and leave my family here. I’m scared of irrational things like a tragedy preventing me from returning home to them. I fear this selfish choice causes my family to lose me in some horrible way. I know this is my ego wanting me to re-think this craziness and stay in my comfort zone, in my box, so I let it go and focus on the personal growth and surreal experiences I will have.
Today, I leave on an adventure! This week has been all about packing my 40 liter backpack. Brand new REI Trail40 Women’s Backpack in purple! So far I love it, and hope it serves me well! My life will be in that pack for the next two months! My biggest challenge has been needing warm clothes for my first three days in Rome. The temperatures are highs in low 60’s, lows in mid 40’s then I get to India where the highs are mid 90’s! Wowzer, big difference. I’m thinking I may just ship my heavier clothing home once in India. The smaller flights I’m on within India have strict carry-on baggage limits, 15 pounds. WHAT? I’m a minimalist packer but my pack is currently sitting at around 18 pounds, with my DSLR camera and a sleeping bag! Not bad, but over weight. I’m winging it. We’ll see what happens!
My family drives me to Miami today. My first flight is to Istanbul, 12 hours! Longest flight I’ve ever taken, and alone! I’m not a good flyer. Ask my kids, they’ve each had their hand squeezed on more than one occasion during turbulence. I have several anxiety remedies with me, Holy Basil, Serenity essential oils, Bach Flowers Rescue Remedy and booze!
Today, I leave on an adventure, I leave my family with tears, knowing I’ll miss them dearly and also that’ll I’ll return a little stronger having grown in some way.