― Terry Pratchett
I'm so grateful for all of the chances I've had to explore, grow, love, and learn. Each adventure I've been on brought out different parts of myself. Trepidation, excitement, nervousness, joy...pure bliss and gratitude, and of course shoes to match accordingly. Some travels required textbooks and binders full of all the new information I was to learn. Other travels held lots of sun dresses and bathings suits so that I could restore by the sea. Some trips required suits for funerals, while others required dresses for weddings. This tiny red compartment from TJ Max is full of the stories of my life.
I think about an upcoming training I will be attending and as I look for a new suitcase at TJ Max, I find myself contemplating this next chapter of my life as a rite of passage. A dear friend of mine recently told me, "Sarah, you must know who you are leaving so that you can know who you are becoming." Lorraine's words come easily to me as I think of this suitcase. I hold the anticipation of becoming in my heart, the way a mother might hold her babe.
I eagerly let go of old fears to make room in my new suitcase for fresh adventures. Invitations to live more presently. To breath deeper. To climb higher. To love more fiercely. To sit in the rapture of silence. To relish alone time and to celebrate the company of the dear hearts in my life. I am leaving behind the borders a girl who was riddled with fears and who struggled to express herself for fear of rocking the boat. I am saying thank you to this girl for showing up in my life because I am ready for both of us to begin the next adventure of our lives. I smile as I think of my new suitcase, so many spaces to tuck adventure and life into! Travel well my friends....
May You Sweetly Seek:)