Things That Don’t Travel Well

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.

13 thoughts on “Things That Don’t Travel Well

  1. Alexis, is the Waterboyz 2.0? I’ve tried to follow that one, but it didn’t work and I was wondering if you’re the same Alexis. Also, thank you for being so open about your topic. I considered doing my class blog on something much the same but decided against it when David suggested something else.

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  2. I thought the shampoo bottle analogy was really good, and comparing holding on to an eating disorder to carrying a 200 lb weight in our suitcases really stuck out to me as a really good way of getting the idea across.

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  3. I’m kind of going through something right now and what you just said “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.” made me realize what I think I need to do.. In the end I think this is the best thing I can do for myself. I’m so happy I came across your post, everything you said you’re right about. No one wants to travel with a heavy suitcase. Thank you so much, I needed to hear this.

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  4. I love ALL of this… from the Jamie quote to ice cream 🙂 I’m a little over 3 years into my recovery journey, and it’s crazy awesome to look back and see how light I’m traveling these days compared to where I once was. Eventually, as I kept (and keep) packing my suitcase with all the things that matter, there’s no more room for the eating disorder to hang out 🙂

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  5. This is a very insightful post! I have thought about this idea a lot, and how to resolve it and move on without carrying so much with me. I’ve seen a few cartoon drawings and images that give a good visual representation of this concept. Here’s one I found with a quick search: What a burden it seems to carry this heavy load with us throughout life! How much lighter we would feel if these things weren’t weighing on us every day! Thank you for sharing this reminder. It has inspired me to again, see what I can stop carrying and leave behind; the things that don’t travel well, and don’t serve me.


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