This Time Tomorrow

The last week has been one of the hardest weeks of our life. We walked away from our jobs on Wednesday, moved out of our home on Thursday, and said good-bye to Tim’s family and our dog, Noosa, on Friday and drove down to PA. On the ride down it was surreal to realize we were really leaving so many people, places, and memories behind. In the planning process of a trip like this, it’s easy to spend time preparing for what life on the road will be like. But preparing yourself for what you are saying goodbye to is impossible to prepare for, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

So I have spent the last few days combating major stomach aches, supporting my ankle (still sprained!), and giving myself minor heart attacks every time we realized we couldn’t find something that at that moment seemed vitally important for the trip. As you know from the packing post, we already packed our bag a week ago so it should be impossible for that to happen, but it still did.

So here I am today, taking deep, deep breaths and getting ready to board the flight. The flight that was always supposed to be in the distant future and is suddenly today. We fly out of Philly to LA and then on to a 10 hour flight to Raratonga that only leaves once a week – so we better be on that flight. (Hey United Airlines – I’m talking to you. You better get us to LA on time!)

I can’t really describe the feeling on a day like today. It’s a sense of peace and uncertainty all at the same time. This is the longest travel day of the entire trip (on paper. In reality we will probably have some 3 hour bus rides that turn into full day fiascos). Getting to the Cook Islands, an island where you can’t help but do nothing, because it’s so small, will be just the start we need to our trip.

It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . . . It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.
-Marilyn Ferguson

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. missy
    Oct 31, 2010 @ 18:59:46

    It’s linus when his blankets in the dryer:) (You have each other) It’s a ton of emotion! It’s the begining of one of your life dreams! It has to be scary!
    Goodbyes are never easy. You should know, know matter what, Your family and friends will always be here for you. We are all excited to support you and follow you, as you follow your dream!! Xoxo


  2. Katherine
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 17:21:52

    My gorgous Godchild – you are living a dream that very few people ever will experience. Do not look back – the future is too exciting.


  3. Sarah Moyik
    Nov 07, 2010 @ 22:56:58

    You are begininng an amazing journay. I am so proud of you and will miss you a ridiculous amount! I love the quotes that are sprinkled within your blog….keep ’em coming…..

    I also think that many first time travelers might think of your “packing” segment a wonderful “How To.”


  4. Elise
    Nov 09, 2010 @ 17:20:37

    We all lose friends.. we lose them in death, to distance and over time. But even though they may be lost, hope is not. The key is to keep them in your heart, and when the time is right, you can pick up the friendship right where you left off. Even the lost find their way home when you leave the light on.”
    ~ Amy Marie Walz


  5. Scott
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 07:47:20

    just discovered your blog, plan on following along! good luck.


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