PACKING, PURGING AND THE JOYS OF LETTING IT ALL GO.

I’m two weeks out.

I’m packing all of my clothes, all of my art, furniture and beloved textiles away.
Every day my walls are a little more empty and my living room, more cluttered with boxes.
I love it.
A lot of things about this move have felt at once rushed and too slow, and that’s where I am right now. According to my planner I have 14 days until I get on a plane to Tel Aviv, too much time to already be packing everything I own but also so short that I need to quickly buy and arrange everything I can’t when I’m overseas.

The closer I get to the move, the less I think I’ll be back in the US when I tell people I will.
I’ve arranged an internship at a newspaper for the winter in Morocco- a place I’ve always wanted to live which will take me to at least March. Talking to my mother, who is herself packing out for a move to Germany with the State Department, I started considering a move there to teach English after I finish my TEFL. American University here in DC has a distance learning MA in International Relations that I could pursue anywhere in the world with decent internet. That prospect has seriously altered what I’m considering for my future. I can see it, teaching English in Bonn or Amman and taking graduate classes. What better way to learn? It sure beats living in the US on a tight budget and doing the old school university thing…again.

For now, I’m registered for a November GRE in Ramallah. Study tips are welcomed!

Travel planning is like a drug, now that I’ve begun I refuse to stop adding destinations. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so at liberty to chase what matters to me.

This past year in the US has been a long layover between university and adulthood, despite all the “adult” things I committed to doing- job, apartment, happy hours- that’s not who I am at 24.

So here I stand, among my boxes, ready to pack them away for a long time.

I feel free.

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