“It is liberating when you realize you don’t need much to survive”
Brian Peters, March 17, 2009
That was one of the profound things that came out of my conversation with loyal reader Meredith yesterday.
I told you previously what I packed. Not much more was added to this list.
When we get away from it all we realize how very little we actually need to survive day to day. From the African sun to the cold of Europe, I was able to handle it all with just the items in my backpack.
Some of you commented that it looks like I lost weight. My backpack was 14kg (30 lbs). The bag with my laptop I found out right before I came back to New York was 6kg (14 lbs). So I was carrying an extra 45 pounds…and able to do full sprints to catch planes and buses with everything on.
So yeah, I did lose a little weight…
America is not hated. Just our government, that’s all.
I got love abroad…besides from the Ethiopian women. Not a bad thing was said until Bush #43 was brought up. Then I heard it all from the rest of the world about the American government and how can America be so heartless, yada yada yada.
Obama made everything easy. When Ayana and I were in Marrakesh the call to sit down at a vendor’s food stand was not typical for everyone else there.
We got, “Barack! Michelle! Sit down and eat with us! USA! We love America!”
The world hopes for Obama. Will they still love him a year or two from now is anyone’s guess. But the goodwill is out there among most of the planet’s inhabitants.
When the world is talking to you, you must listen and act on it.
I thought about this trip for a long time before I actually left. Even up to the day I actually bought the tickets I really wondered if I was doing the right thing.
Then I thought about how EVERYTHING, and I do mean everything that fell into place for this to happen.
Selling my place – well before the housing market crashed – CHECK
Paying off all debts – CHECK
My former employer telling me buh-bye – CHECK
And then I knew it was meant to be.
So don’t ignore the signs in front of you. When the universe gives you an opportunity, you MUST take it.