Hello Everyone, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, besides the tornado of revisions that spins above my head. I’d love to share some with you about Packing Light.
Packing Light is a story about one girl’s (Allison Vesterfelt Fallon) adventure across the 50 States of America with a friend. Her goal was to go to each State and write about it.
“We discover what we need when we live without things… Sometimes it’s good for us to need things and not have them.” -Allison Vesterfelt
I came up with an idea to go through all my things when I got home from Australia to figure out what I needed and what I didn’t need. I had spent a year and some abroad in Australia with only two big suitcases and a carry-on bag stuffed full of my stuff.
My clothes. Books. Decorations reminding me of home. My Cameras. My Computer. Everything I needed fit into two suitcases.
Yeah, It was hard to pack at first, but it was tougher packing to go home. I find myself always collecting more and more books, notebooks, and pens.
If you stay in one place long enough you will accumalate stuff and more baggage. Probably more than you need.
In the front pages of Allison’s book she has a Rick Steves Quote was, “You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags “Every year I pack heavier.” The Measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels.”
Allison is a talented writer and brings to light many stories. You can see her humble and kind heart in her writing voice. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to travel, or anyone who wants to travel, but never has. At many parts in her book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. She really knows what she is talking about. I don’t want to spoil the story for any people, so you must go check it out! 🙂
“I drove home crying, not just because of Ben, but because home didn’t feel like home anymore and I wasn’t sure what to do to get back to the life I had before.” -Allison Versterfelt, Packing Light
That is another quote that really struck me. I set my iPad down for a moment to think after reading that. I saw someone else thinking that when I read those words. The girl I saw, was myself.
When I got back from Australia, most of my friends were married. Many had moved away and even some were having babies. It seemed like life had sorta moved on without me. And that I was stuck. It didn’t really feel like home, HOME. You know? How it used to be? It’s in those moments you leave home when you find who your real friends are. Once I arrived home, I also found out who my true friends abroad were as well.
The biggest thing I learned from leaving home and going on a journey was that traveling changed me. It changes you. In a good way.
You are no longer just that small person from that little corner on the planet.
You have now experienced the world.
You have now taken a bit of the outside world home with you.
And you can use that to make the world as a whole – a better place.