It's moments like this that I realize how much time, energy, and savings you could sink into preparations for something you might never really be ready for.
Daniel, on the other hand, is a well-seasoned, veteran traveler, while I've scarcely grazed the Canadian border. <Pause for judgment....>
A misguided sense of responsibility (and a very real kind of ignorance surrounding the accessibility of travel possibilities) effectively worked to form an imposing barrier between myself and gorgeous world that fascinated me, if only from a distance.
Anyone who has ever extensively traveled will insist there is no real way to prepare for the intensity, the thrill, the surrealism, the anxiety, and the magic of a new world when it's explored with virgin eyes.
"If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started."
- Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox
Did I forget something? Let me check my list....
Don't worry... I don't actually expect to finish everything. But I do plan to board that first plane flight, look back at the last few blink-of-an-eye months, and smile knowing I worked my fanny off making this all come together.
Daniel, on the other hand, is totally "there."
Well, I'm not "there," yet...
Instead, it rather feels like I'm in a recurring frenzy to beat the clock. Maybe it's just first-time-traveler jitters, but I'm swinging on an emotional pendulum from shimmering excitement and boyish anticipation to box-checking, list-making, To-Do writing, researching mania and back again.
I have to remind myself: I'll never be "ready."
I've wanted this since I was a child. And I've been repeatedly informed that no amount of dreaming, planning, or list-making can fully prepare a newbie for immersion into the experiences that come with a nomadic life.
Explore the world. Make it better! The clock is ticking...