Back from a delicious time exploring the Outer Hebrides as well as seeing some of Neil's family in central Scotland. We both had been to Scotland 39 years ago. Not sure why it took so long to go back to the land of Neil's early childhood but there you have it. On that trip so very long ago, we did a day excursion to Iona. It was a cool and very rainy few hours we had on the sacred isle. I have had a hankering to return for a long time. It took a bit to talk Neil into seeing the islands. This is my thing. I am fascinated by the starkness and ruggedness of the landscape. It feeds my soul. And there is no way on God's green earth I could live there. That said, if you have a yen to see this part of Scotland, go! It was incredible!!
All this is a preamble to packing for a place that has a reputation of cool and rainy, especially on the coast. Last time I was there I brought only one sweater and it snowed and rained our whole time. Well I wasn't going to make that mistake again! :) Sought the help of a friend who packs efficiently. Thought I had it pretty well organized. Ah then the last minute, maybe I'll need this or need that. In the suitcase it went. Silly me, ..... That darn bag was heavy to lift in and out of the car and I hadn't bought a single souvenir! As we are trucking around it dawned on me that my suitcase was a metaphor for my life. I continue to drag around my Life suitcase with too much stuff. My home is full of lovely things, my mind full of noisy clutter, I still react as if life was personal. Like my suitcase in Scotland, it's a lot to lug around. Slows me down, has me fussed or second guessing decisions, I take paths that feel safe to take my baggage rather than risk something less travelled. There was a moment on holidays, when we left our bags at Neil's cousin's, and simply travelled with a small back[pack into Edinburgh for a couple of nights. It was SO easy! 'This is what it all should feel like!' I realized.
To help me remember my conviction of the last number of weeks, I began a drop dead list of what to bring. It's much leaner and I have put a copy in each of my suitcases and in my passport. It's also a good space to look at what I can jettison in my life. I want to travel lighter!