Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday + {H--30}

In 30 hours our plane will take off! I'm mostly excited at this point (probably 99% excited, 1% nervous). I know this is going to be an amazing adventure for Gooligan and myself and I'm so happy to be able to share it directly with Gooligan (and her sister and her sister's friend), plus indirectly with all of my friends and family.

When we first started planning this trip, Gooligan and I worried that maybe it was irresponsible or self-indulgent. We thought it would be more responsible if we immediately launched ourselves into the next stage of our life: found jobs, found an apartment, starting pay off student loans, etc.

But through the astounding response of everyone, whether they've generously donated to our travel fund, offered us a place to stay, offered to connect us with friends abroad, or even just wished us the very best, I've come to realize that this trip is important in a lot of ways.

Gooligan and I have both grown so much emotionally, mentally, and spiritually in the last four years. We've engaged with the world, meet a wide variety of people, and been shaped by everything that happened during our time in Bellingham.

Hopefully this trip will add to our understanding of the world. Hopefully the people we meet and the experiences we have will round us out a little around the edges and give us a larger context to think about as we grow into ethical, strong, and loving adults.

But none of this trip can happen until Gooligan and I tie up the last few loose ends: we've got to pack, clean, and run a few errands.

Next time I update I'll probably be in Scotland! So until then, fly high and seek peace.


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