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Hasta luego Seattle, I love you!

"What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see specks dispersing? It's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's goodbye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies."-Jack Kerouac


It is hard to put into words how fortunate I am. I am so full of love for my family, friends and the emerald city I have called home most of my life. It is with this beautiful foundation I am boarding the plane for South America.

This journey started as an idea, stirred up while pouring over grad-school textbooks and glasses of study wine. I found myself refreshing The Lonely Planet website, and picturing myself anywhere other than in my Queen Anne basement. Instead of researching beaches and resorts, I was drawn to the romantic dirt roads and bright port cities of South America. I wanted passion, grit and something to challenge my ability to not only survive, but to live. This whim turned into a plan when I announced to my family "I am going to leave and go to South America." Half testing the waters, met with surprise and support, these words concreted my daydream into a resolution. Slowly, I started to tell close friends, realizing that with each acknowledgement, my leaving became real. I sold my car, donated my belongings, quit a job I loved, packed a backpack, and now here I am, less than 12 hours away from my departure.

During the past year of anticipation, preparation and contemplation, I feel like I have ran through a gauntlet of emotions. I have felt my heart being pulled by wanderlust, nomad-ism and excitement, but also by sadness, fear and denial of what I was "giving up". Now, as the day is here, I feel like I have gone full circle. What means the most I will carry with me, and this realization gives me fortitude and strength. I now know that the friendships I have made cannot be severed by miles or time. What fits in my backpack will let me survive, but what I am carrying in my heart will give me life. I am full of love, excitement and a sense of adventure. I am ready.

Now, onward!

Posted by misskailyn 08:04 Archived in USA Tagged travel adventure friends south family love america leaving backpacking goodbye

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Wow, Kailyn, this is beautiful! You're doing what I've always been called to do and I gotta tell you, it makes me so happy to know that there are brave souls out there making their travel dreams a reality. I wish you safe, fun, just the right amount of challenging and heart stretching travels!

Can't wait to hear more!

by Karissa

Thank you so much for your kind words and well wishes Karissa! They mean a lot. I hope you are doing well! :)

by misskailyn

What can we say...we love you with all our hearts, we are so proud of you, we miss you already. But we know, this has always been your destiny, your spiritual journey. "No one day is like another, each tomorrow has its special miracle, its magic moment in which old universes are destroyed and new stars created." Paulo Coelho. Enjoy each day, be safe, and know our hearts follow you. Mom

by Frances

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