Hello friends, Happy Monday! This will be my last post for a few weeks – for those who don’t know, I will be traveling to join an archaeological excavation, and will have limited/no access to wifi.
I finally finished packing for my trip yesterday, and today I’ve been packing for my eventual move to grad school. My goodness, I have a lot of stuff! Books lining my shelves, tucked underneath my lamp, balanced on chairs, and even hidden inside my closet. Memorabilia from movies, plays, musicals, and museums. Thank you notes from when I used to volunteer with little kids. Birthday cards, homework, half-used diaries – honestly, I always considered myself a minimalist, but this cleanse was a healthy dose of reality.
My upcoming trip isn’t my first time out of the country by myself, but it does sort of mark my ‘true’ passage to adulthood, if that makes sense. I applied and got accepted to this program by myself, I paid for it by myself, and I didn’t ask permission to go. It’s weird, going through my old things from just a few years ago and seeing how far I’ve come. Sixteen-year-old me was still stressing about AP Exams and if I would ever fall in love, and now, 20-year-old me is preparing to pay bills and travel the world.
When I was young, all I could think about was the future. I was SO EXCITED to finally start ‘living my life’. But, looking back, I was living – having fun with friends, being a part of my community, and preparing myself for a life of academics. Now, I’m just enjoying the present – I’m not particularly worried about this trip, and I’m not stressed about making a good impression or being the class favourite. Whatever happens will happen, and my goal is simply to make the best of every day I can.
I’ll see you guys in four weeks! 🙂