I’m writing this post sitting in the exact same living room, the exact same leather couch seat where I sat just over 7 months ago when I announced my plans to travel around the globe. And it’s weird.
Not bad, mind you, but definitely strange. Seven months ago when I wrote my first blog post for Passenger Conners I felt so awkward as I tried to express myself, and terrified as the minutes ticked closer to trekking out into the great unknown. Then suddenly, I was on the road – beginning the best experience of my life.
Recalling how I felt that night, and how I feel tonight – thrilled by all I’ve seen and experienced and lived, and excited for the next chapter of my life to open – it’s stunning. I mean, I suspected then that what I was about to set out to do would change my life, and it has. How it has affected me is something I know I’ll need to process for a good while. I suspect I’ll keep realizing lessons and understandings garnered on this trip for some time. I hope I do.
At the very least, I’ve learned that taking massive chances – like leaving behind an home and life you genuinely love – to bring to life a dream is damn scary and worth doing a million times over.
I’m also sadder than I’ve been in a while. I miss my trip. Retreating from a daily schedule that pretty regularly involves total awesomeness and wonders of the world, to running errand to the bank and drug store is…an adjustment. But it’s also a beginning.
As for Passsenger Conners? The RTW journey may have ended on Sunday, May 1, but there’s still a lot of journey left in me. And I would love to continue sharing it here.