I am on a break from traveling for the next 3 weeks which gives me lots of time to…. think. And think some more. So what do I spend all this time thinking about?
Why would I leave my first full time, benefited job in a field I love? Why would I leave a town full of friends and unconditional support? Why would I leave my family and the Central Valley, with an agricultural abundance I miss the second I set foot outside of California?
The easy answers are because:
I want to travel
I like to travel
I can travel
A big part of why I like to travel is that I enjoy learning about everyday life in other parts of the world. Increasingly, my own life in Winters felt too big for me. I owned a moderate amount of stuff, mostly stuff that I rarely used and it started to feel like it was suffocating me.
I am in search of a simpler life. I want to see if I can be happy with less. Way less.
|A few “necessities” in my world|
Currently my material life is packed into about 7 storage bins, three duffel bags, and a backpack, full of books. And it still feels like too much. I am heading back to Waterford tomorrow to purge some more. The more stuff I get rid of the freer I feel.
One of the few bins completely safe from purging is my collection of children’s books: Animal Bedtime Stories, Old Witch and the Polka Dot Ribbon, and Miss Rumphius. This bin is not just filled with my favorite books, but it is filled with hope. Hope that one day I will be sharing these books with my own children. If that doesn’t happen I hope I will be content continuing to be a wacky Auntie. I already have a pretty good head start in that department.
So, what do I want more of?