“Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

So sorry for the delay in posting! Life was pretty hectic at the last moment and we’ve been pretty jet-lagged sense arriving in Norway. The last month has been very surreal. When people at work would find out that I was quitting to go travel they’d say “You’re crazy!” A few months ago I would just grin in response (it’s so easy to romanticize about traveling!); however, the last few weeks I’d begun to think the same thing myself!

“Overwhelmed” is the word I would use to explain my last week in the states. I was overwhelmed with everything that had to get done. I was overwhelmed realizing that I had become connected to our church community and how difficult the nomadic life will be with no support group, especially when it comes to a faith community. I was overwhelmed saying goodbye, wondering if this was the last goodbye with some and speculating about if I’d be able to just pick up where I’d left off with others. Obviously life in the states was not going to freeze while I was gone; I was overwhelmed thinking about the wonderful things I would miss out on, like weddings and new babies.

I have dreamed of traveling since the 7th grade. When I looked into the future my career aspirations and significant other hopes were always foggy and insignificant; but I always knew that I wanted to see the world. To see what God’s diverse creation looked like – to drink it in, smell it, taste it, and especially, to meet people from different cultures and listen to their stories. I knew there was much to be learned and that my soul might be just a little bit trapped if it never heard the other side of the story on the other side of the world.

Lately I have taken great comfort in Mark Twain’s words: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I realize how easy it is to fall into an unhappy, going through the motions rut in life. I was scared thinking that Matt and I could fall into that rut by continuing to live out our days, him doing IT work for a small luggage company and me finding a new teaching assistant job every fall. It would be a pity to fall into a rut and 20 years later realize that we had gotten too busy to chase a life changing dream.

I definitely feel as if I am sailing away from my safe harbor. Life as we know it will quickly be turned upside down. Where will we sleep every night? What if we get really sick? What if we get robbed? These are all questions that occasionally run through my head; but this is the risk we choose to take when we set off to explore. Realizing we will not have the comforts of home to reassure us in the midst of this vulnerable, nomadic lifestyle, I guarantee we will be inviting God into our daily lives and consciously relying on our creator more than ever before. All I can say is, it is about time!

It is getting late, past 11 pm, and the sun still has not set here in Norway! We should probably find a place to camp; soon we will catch you up on how we hit the ground running and how the crazy sun never takes a nap!

-Kate

One Comment

Ali

June 23rd, 2011

FINALLY. I’ve only been checking this about three times a day since Sunday evening!! Glad you’re still alive & I’m SO excited to read about your adventures! You are most definitely in my prayers & I expect updates as frequently as possible… & I still think you need to write a book about this. One chapter per country!
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