You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs. But people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things.Jamie Tworkowski
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Alexis, this is a recovery blog, why are you talking about traveling.” We will get there. On vacations there are things that are great to bring and things that aren’t so awesome. For instance, think about a 62 oz bottle of conditioner. Airports sure as hell won’t let you bring that onto the plane, it weighs down your bag, and its just plain unnecessary. 62 oz bottles of conditioner don’t travel well. We have a life that is full of adventures and traveling. I don’t just mean the kind of traveling that has to do with vacations.
I mean the big changes in life and the day to day stuff as well. Looking back at life do you want to hold onto the things that weigh you down? Or do you want to take the things that travel well. If you knew the outcome of your month, would you make the same decisions today? I know for me that answer way more often than not is no. I would change this and that and that and that. Yet here I am, holding onto these things that do not travel well. For me a big one is my eating disorder.
I hold onto that thing like its the only thing I have going for me. And if i’m honestly being honest, it does not travel well. Shoot, it even prevents me FROM traveling. It takes up so much space in out lives and on our backs that we can’t handle anything else. It becomes our only focus and takes up all of the room in our suitcases. Not to mention its more like a 200 lb weight in our suitcase instead of a 62 oz. shampoo. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go through life carrying a suitcase that weighs more than me.
Eating disorders don’t travel well the same way that anxiety doesn’t travel well, the same way that a 62 oz bottle of shampoo doesn’t travel well. You’ll need freedom in life and sticking with recovery is one of the first steps to that. Plus ice-cream is calling your name, and ice-cream is a gift from God. haha. Recovery must come first so everything else doesn’t come last.