I'm at JFK in my favorite terminal (JetBlue terminal 5), and my Aer Lingus flight to Dublin boards in 10 minutes. Getting here was mostly a breeze... After speeding through the second Passover Seder at my aunt's house, my brother and I were able to re-pack my Osprey Meridian backpack so that it zipped with ease. Then a little bit of a hiccup when my brother's car - my ride to the airport - wouldn't start. Mini panic, but luckily we were able to hop in my aunt's truck and get to JFK in record time.
Backing up a bit, today was a day of mixed emotions. After spending the past week seeing so many of my friends who wanted to wish me a good trip, I feel sad to leave them, especially when the weather is starting to get nice and everyone is coming out of winter hibernation. But, saying goodbye was also an opportunity to see many friends who I may not have even seen over the next three months. It's funny how that happens, and I think it's great.
This morning, I finally finished my packing job. I had been waiting until the last minute to get my laundry done (yes, I splurge on that little luxury) so that I didn't leave town with a hamper full of stinky socks. But that also meant waiting til the last minute to finish packing. So as I rolled my last pair of jeans and (tried to) cut down on my toiletries, everything all of a sudden became real and extremely overwhelming. Thanks to Tali who literally sat with me as I packed and Andrew who came by to help me zip up as I managed to avoid a minor panic attack. But as soon as I was able to zip up and get into a taxi to go to Penn Station, I finally felt at ease, calm and excited for the trip.
After the day's emotional roller coaster of feeling sad, happy, stressed, anxious, and excited, I hope to finally relax and enjoy every minute of the next 100 days of travel!