In a few days I head to Georgia…the country! At least I think I do. Although I don’t have an official itinerary or ticket yet (minor details!), I am assured my start date for my Georgia program is Saturday, January 15, 2011.
I just pulled out my “big” suitcase, with an identification tag listing an address I lived at almost two years ago. To me, this means I am way overdue to travel. Of all the things I could be thinking about (what town I will live in, what my host family will be like, what it will be like to teach in Georgia, etc.), the packing seems to be my biggest source of anxiety. After selecting each item to bring I ask myself the same questions: Should I bring that?
I used to be a great packer. I could make decision about what I would want and what would be necessary with ease. Now, I question every choice and still always end up with too much stuff! I keep telling myself that it isn’t just me; I mean I don’t know exactly where I will be living, how much walking I will do daily, what amenities will already be there and many other things, which would make it hard for anyone. I guess that’s what it really comes down to: the unknown.
But the unknown is also what makes it exciting. In fact, the unknown is exactly why I travel in the first place. To me, learning about other cultures and seeing new places, is the best way to spend my time. And what attracted me to this program, is while I am learning and experiencing, I will be able to contribute to the futures of Georgian students. So, as long as I can get my ticket and can get myself packed, I should be good to go!