“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
– Andre Gide
The whole idea of having only bought one way ticket made me wonder… The world seemed daunting but I was determined to make my way in it.
I can think of about a hundred things I wish someone had told me before I left.
I had two addresses, two languages, and two currencies in my wallet.
Suddenly I was part of two worlds – my old and my new home.
Getting a care package (a box of treats from back home)! Trust me, everything in said package will taste a gazillion times better than any food that hasn’t traveled the world. My chosen care-package strategy was becoming a master rationer who makes everything last for as long as possible.
Goodbyes get easier (sort of). Maybe it’s because I know that I can go home and curl up on my bed or my couch and both will smell familiar.
Maybe I become a magician and I’ve developed my way to temporarily turn off all my emotional organs…
Or perhaps is just a conscious decision to start focusing on the hello that comes after the goodbye.
(To be continued)
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