Excuse my poor writing skills…

So here I am .  Twenty one years old and 8 inches of hair lighter.  It’s less than 24 hours from my departure.  Everything is ready.  It is amazing that one backpack laying on my bed carries my whole life, all my belongings.  I don’t know what to think right now.  I am having a whirlwind of excitement trying to suppress my nerves.  I mean lets be serious, I have NEVER BEEN OUT OF THE COUNTRY…much less backpacked my way through it.  And I am not going to Canada, no… I am going to basically the farthest place from the U.S. I could go.  But I think I am ready…

….When I walk onto plane tomorrow I will be leaving a lot behind.  But I like to think that a new life is starting.  For the first time in my life I will be going somewhere nobody has heard of me.  There will be no familiar streets or faces.  It is a chance to see everything in a new light.  As much as I want to see the Sydney Opera House, the sandy beaches of Surfer’s Paradise, or the 1,500 species of fish in the Great Barrier I hope that I have a religious experience.  I want to be humbled with the little that I own, the lives we will affect through community service, and the nobody that I will be.  I want to start off my life on a different foot.  Life doesn’t have to be as monotonous as everybody makes it out to be. I want to learn how to solve problems in a healthy way, and realize that every problem will make me a better person.  I want to come home realizing who my best friends really are when I am deciding who I can’t wait to call first.

You may be thinking this blog is a little much. And I may say that you’re right.  I mean, people travel all the time. And I mean let’s be serious, how long have people been backpacking The Appalachian Trail?  This girl is going to civilized places with beaches!  Again I would agree with you.  But I would also like to tell you that no one all the way down my family tree had ever done anything, or had the opportunity to do anything like this (unless they were in World War II).  Now I don’t mean to say that to shed a light on myself.  But I want you to know that because this trip symbolizes a lot more to me than just some time off..but a new way of living.  Hopefully someday I could share my adventures with my future children and explain to them the power of following your dreams and to dare to do things differently.

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(something I made in fourth grade by collecting coins around the house 🙂 )

I will not be bringing a computer, but whenever I get access to one…I would love to share the journey with you.  Thanks for following, I love you all and God bless.

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