Heaps of Fun!
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The pre-steps to the packing process have begun. It really is just heaps of fun to try to simplify your belongings before heading out. (Pun intended.) We’ve got shirt, cami, dirty laundry, pant and skirt, DI (Goodwill), top drawer items, mending, and closet piles. A suitcase can only hold so much, and my daily wardrobe is pretty simple and boring, anyway…three different styles of shirts in various colors, one style of cardigan in multiple colors, many pairs of the same jeans. Yet somehow, I’ve accumulated all of this and always feel like I have nothing to wear.
I’ve also got a jewelry drawer full of earrings I love but rarely wear because in the end – no matter how much I love trendy styles on others – I’m just a plain, simple girl. I throw on a scarf or a necklace and I feel like I look ridiculous, and I put in earrings and realize that if I wear my hair down, it falls just a few inches above my waist and all is lost.
I enjoy my simplicity. I feel it allows me to not focus so much on fidgeting and the paranoia that come with my self-consciousness all the time, but to savor the moments…I toss aside all moments I would spend asking ‘do these earrings make my ears look big?’ and spend them in meaningful conversation, instead.
I think I’m going to stick out like a sore thumb in Oviedo…at least on campus. At the end of last semester, one of my professors stated that I look Galician (the community west of Asturias). I think if I venture out and meet the older generations, I may blend a little better. I suppose that’s always been how it’s been in my life, though. Being an only child and traveling with my dad a lot for Masonic events, I’ve always intermingled with an elder crowd. Regardless, I’m excited to use this packing process I’ve laid out for myself (abiding by some tips suggested by Elaine St. James in her book Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter) as an opportunity to honestly do what I’ve always wanted to accomplish: to enjoy more the things that really do matter…learning the language and the culture, and developing relationships with new people and learning about their histories and futures.