Empty-handed, Open-hearted. Travelling lighter...
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
I have got rid of a lot of gear over the last three months, some in Costa Rica, some in Venezuela (but not much!), my two Spanish language books I accumulated, although I wish I had them now but they were heavy and some London notebooks, pens I bought as gifts from the UK for the local kids.
In Colombia, some stuff in Cartagena to the ladies at the hostal I stayed at for a long time, some of my clothes to the people in the mountains of Medellin at the volunteering project I was at. Some stuff including a lovely red dress (Laura and Claire you know what I mean), to two German girls who got all their gear soaked after a huge rainfall so I kindly donated it to them
I am not sure what it weighs now but I am sure a lot less than the 18 kg I set out with at the beginning of my trip, I am also going to send stuff home next month when my Dad comes out to meet me. The true test is Nadine from Australia who inspired me to travel lighter, has said we WILL be walking from the hostal to the bus terminal with all our gear so let's see if I can comfortably carry the rucksack and my daypack whilst navigating the chaotic roads, rivers flowing down the gutters (it is rainy season now) and uneven pavements and roads.
A very good friend of mine sent me a cool little reading and I am going to copy it here for food for thought...
I'll let you know how I go carrying my smaller house on my back!
Posted: 16 Mar 2012 04:49 PM PDT
Post written by Leo Babauta.
We often load ourselves up when we travel, because we want to be prepared for various situations. This burden of being prepared leaves us with our arms full, unable to receive whatever is there when we arrive.
It leaves us tired from carrying, so that we are not happy when we meet someone new on our travels.
What if we traveled with empty hands, ready to embrace new experiences, receive new foods, touch new people?
We might feel less prepared when we leave, but the preparedness is an illusion.
Stuff doesn’t make us prepared. Having empty hands but a heart that is full of love leaves us prepared for anything.
This doesn’t just apply to taking a trip, but to living each day. Each day is a journey, and we load ourselves up with material possessions, with tasks and projects, with things to read and write, with meetings and calls and texts. Our hands are full, not ready for anything new.
Drop everything, be open to everything. Enter each day empty-handed, and full-hearted.
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