It’s 6 am here in Newark, New Jersy and my body is silently screaming at me because it thinks it is 3 am. It wants to know why I’m such a masochist who loves to pursue sleeplessness. I don’t know what to say other than, “I’m sorry, here’s a bagel.”
The last few days have been a complete whirlwind of packing up and moving out of my apartment, packing for Bike and Build, cleaning, running errands, and spending as much time as possible with friends. I didn’t know if it all could be done, but yesterday afternoon I found myself sitting alone in my apartment with nothing else to do. Slight disbelief.
On Friday night, I had the most perfect send off. Friends, food, beer, beachside bonfire. I had all of my favorite Seattle people gathered in one place on a simply gorgeous Seattle night. I found myself asking for the thousandth time, “Why am I leaving, again?”
But I know why I’m leaving. For adventure. For a cause. For a break. For a challenge. For new friends and experiences. For me. For many others, who lack the security and well-being that comes with adequate housing. Because I can’t sit still.
So, next stop: Providence! In three days I’ll start the long trek home.
Thank you to all my friends and family for your ongoing humor, love, and support. Special thanks to M.S., P.N., S.D., M.L., A.F. for looking after my things all summer, helping me move, and getting me to the airport. Also for being your spectacular selves.