I can’t believe it is only a week away. As slowly as the last month and a half has gone by, it feels like I’m now being unexpectedly shoved forward into my plans. Am I ready? Honestly, I never feel as though I’ve covered everything. I always have this unnerving feeling that I’m forgetting something really important or that I’m just leaving certain loose ends untied. The anxiety is starting to really kick in. I can’t tell where the anxiety is coming from mostly. For awhile I thought it was just the idea of leaving for a long time that was going to be the hardest to deal with but I may actually be getting nervous for the journey itself through Ethiopia and Somalia. I’ve done this before. I have to keep telling myself, this isn’t the first time I’ve left the country on my own to explore parts of the world that are off the beaten path. I guess this is a good thing though. I don’t travel because it is easy, I do it for the challenge. What would be the point if the week before I leave I’m overly confident and feel no emotion towards it?
I have to remember my own advice. When I usually return from being out of the country I am usually amazed at how little I really needed while I was gone. As long as I have my essentials: passport, money, identification and some clothes, I’m OK. Everything else is either a luxury or something I could probably pick up when I arrive.