We are feeling disheartened. Everything regarding sorting out the final details of our old lives is taking longer than expected and we’re growing impatient. We haven’t written any new posts for a while because we haven’t wanted to write a negative, depressing post and rain on everyone’s parade. Certainly, this aspect of preparing for and starting our adventure isn’t glamorous, isn’t exciting and definitely isn’t what we had planned for. To update our situation, we have sold almost everything and have moved the last of our belongings into Carol’s brother’s basement (thanks Ed!) and now we are stuck in “The Waiting Place” (see our previous post for Dr Seuss reference)… waiting for someone to take over our leased car and waiting for some financial details to be completed. We have a handful of things on our to-do list which we’re slowly ticking off, like changing addresses, paying final bills, making final benefits claims, etc, but many other details, like buying travel insurance and working out travel visas, can’t be done until we know our date of departure. And to make matters worse, due to the fact that we had expected to have left already, we are now having repeat goodbye get-togethers – each time we see family or friends, we’re not sure if this will be our last time seeing them before we leave so we have heartfelt farewells only to see each other again in a week or two and then field the same question – so when are you actually leaving???
Yes, we’re aware this is a first-world problem and we ought to feel lucky that we are on this precipice of adventure and, yes, we know this too is “just part of the journey”. We also know things happen the way they do for a reason. Yet, not feeling so comforted by these words right now…. Waaa waaa!
Ok, done with the pity party (for now). Now it’s time to ask for some advice from seasoned travellers (and anyone else) on how to stay positive when faced with set backs. Did others find themselves bogged down by the details in preparation for travel? How do you manage to “enjoy the journey” when it feels like the journey is stagnated? Any advice or tips would be much appreciated as would words of encouragement.
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— the soon-to-be (hopefully!) Travelling Mudskippers