Packing. Who knew one word could bring such stress to my life? I certainly didn't until Monday night when I began to pack. I can only bring one suitcase that weighs UNDER 50 pounds.... in this suitcase I must pack enough clothes for summer and winter, shampoo and conditioner, all other bathroom products, shoes, and so much more. 50 pounds!?!? Really now... who came up with that LAME weight anyways? Apparently THEY didn't realize people who go to foreign countries for long periods of time need stuff. The director of our program said we do not need to bring tons of stuff... the average Australian student studying for a year in another country only brings one large book bag. I do not see how they do it.
Okay... I admit it.... I am materialistic. I like my stuff. I am an American and apparently consumerism is more important to me than I thought. I used to think that I was an exception to the rule, but I'm seeing the truth LOUD and CLEAR. I know that admitting the problem is the first step in healing, but if at all possible can we start the healing process AFTER I get home from Australia??? I REALLY want to take MY stuff!
Since I don't think Qantas Airlines will be very lenient with me and I can't change a rule within a day, I guess I will be forced to learn how to take only what is TRULY necessary. I have always loved a good challenge... so maybe if I think of this as a competition (although the other competitors are unaware of it) it will be easier for me to purge beloved items from my bag in order to win the "competition". This probably sounds stupid, but how else will I convince myself to pack 4 months worth of stuff in ONE suitcase???
My point exactly!