Packing for two years has started to seem more and more daunting as my departure date nears. In the back of my mind I have to keep reminding myself that what material items I stuff into those two suitcases are probably the least of my worries. I also have to remember that I moving to another country, not another world.
However, I like to feel prepared, plan things out so that I have a better idea of what is coming and all in all have some semblance of control over situations. As I start to pack up my apartment and prepare my lists of to do’s and things to get I am learning that I have to let it go. This feeling of being completely unprepared and feeling uneasy about what is to come must go with the territory. I have to remind myself that this exciting adventure is exactly what I was looking for. It is easy to get caught up in the what if’s and the scary of the unknown but I think I need to get used to it.
They say that the best thing to do coming into the Peace Corps is not have any expectations because it is going to be very different than anything you might imagine. Not good, not bad, just different. Each day I try to get a stronger grip on this thought process. I have a feeling that in the future I will be able to look back and laugh at my packing experience.
As these last few days wind down before my 24th birthday I am living and learning. Learning to let go. And when in doubt, just roll with the punches.
It’s not going to be a boring year 2013!