“Nothing good comes without a struggle,” was my go to phrase for encouragement as I transitioned into starting my new life in a different state. A few other phrases like “change is good,” and “forward ever backward never,” has helped to propel me towards the relocation strategy and planning I have been orchestrating for the past couple months. Well, I’ve finally made the move and now look forward with eager expectations of all that will unfold in the months and years ahead.
Saying goodbye is always a hard thing to do. It is never easy leaving family and friends behind. They tried a variety of ways to change my mind but failed to convince me that I was doing the wrong thing. Only time will tell. Also, I had to cut the emotional ties to things I treasured which held sentimental value to me. Getting rid of my most prized possessions taught me a valuable lesson, and that is, never place so much value on things that will eventually be discarded. After all, as long as there is life, they can be acquired again.
So, without much ado, I loaded up the rental vehicle with the few items (mostly clothes and my artwork collection) and began my long drive south. Most road trippers know this already, but I can reiterate it here again. The best time to travel is at night. The roads are clear, and you can make great headway before sunrise to your destination. Pleasingly, I owned the road as I drove from New York through New Jersey, Maryland, District of Columbia and into Virginia before stopping to sleep at a rest stop. After a two-hour sleep I was back on the road continuing my push further south through North Carolina, South Carolina and finally into Georgia. Intermittent stops for gas and bathroom break was the only other stops I made.
I arrived early evening at my destination and was able to unload and pack away my belongings. By this time, I was thanking God I didn’t have to unpack all the other stuff I had given away. I was exhausted and couldn’t do much else but to get a hot shower and fall into bed. I have not worked this hard in a long time and it has taken a toll on my body. I am now fighting off a viral infection which I hope clears up in a matter of days.
To my mind, a vacation would be the perfect remedy for my malaise 😂, and as if God was answering my unspoken thoughts, a situation arose that needs my attention therefore I will be traveling in a few days to my beautiful island home of Barbados. The timing couldn’t be better even if I had arranged it myself. This trip was not a part of the original plans but sometimes situations cause plans to change. One of the reasons I relocated to Georgia was because of its temperate and mild climate, and I was hoping to test that theory for myself this winter. However, I will spend the holiday season and winter in Barbados instead. I still believe, it’s the best of both worlds and whether here or there, I will be enjoying fantastic weather, basking in the sun, swimming in the ocean, strolling the beach, eating vegetarian foods, hiking the hills and dales, etc.
Community Peeps, it has been a while since my last post, but I am back in the saddle, and as I am homeward bound, I will keep you apprised of travel interests and expeditions in Bimshire. I would be re-missed if I did not mention the national call to all Barbadians (Bajans) living abroad to return home to the island. View the link re the initiative which is called “We Gatherin 2020” for more information on upcoming activities and events. You may also view the video below. If a visit to Bim is on your bucket list, as your itinerant travel planner, then I recommend that 2020 should be the year. Let me know your thoughts or questions, if any, in the comment box below.
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