Hmmm…..did I pack my allergy meds?
Don’t forget your phone charger. Pack your computer cable.
I’d better buy new earplugs. The old ones won’t keep out the noise so I can sleep on the plane.
This is a splattering of my inner dialogue the day before I leave on a trip.
I need to travel because I’m becoming inflexible, a real control freak. That’s right. The older I get, the more I become set in my ways. I’ve gotten addicted to my routines and steeped in these odd little idiosyncrasies like sleeping with two pillows—a short and a long one; eating shredded wheat cereal for breakfast; floating a spoon in my coffee from all the creamer—just to name a few.
I need to travel so I can remember what adventure feels like—getting out of my little hovel and venturing into the unknown. Ok, so I packed everything in a carry on because I’m paranoid about my luggage getting lost. After all, it did happen to me three times in two years.
I’m writing at the LAX airport while I wait for my plane to board (I left for the airport at 4:00am because I was afraid that I would miss a 7:55 am flight). I’m traveling to Michigan so I can attend my bf’’s daughter’s wedding.
Although I’m excited right now, yesterday’s travel jitters compelled me to do eccentric things like drive around for hours to different stores because I kept forgetting things at the last store…tried to find that blasted tiny tube of toothpaste; my favorite earplugs, a soft cloth for cleaning my glasses, travel size toiletries, a quart size plastic bag.
I need to travel because I need to change: my location, my mindset, and my approach to life. I crave spontaneous photo shoots, hours full of giggles with Barbie (my bff), tears as I watch her daughter, Kadie, walk down the aisle in her white gown. Yes, I need to travel now and then so I can become nimble once again.
*Author’s side note. I just heard a loud yell and then a chorus of yells. Security guards appeared in mass and stopped all people from passing. Great, I thought, just when I was working through my jitters. Thankfully it was a false alarm.
Photo Credit for twisted airplane pic: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ptitlesuqqsfypos4b