I’m back! It’s been a tough two weeks of packing, moving, and planning the trip, but we’re almost ready to take off. Leaving New Orleans was really hard – over the last three and a half years we’ve had some incredible experiences and made some amazing friends. It hasn’t really hit us yet because it seems like we’re just on vacation, but as we realize we won’t be going home to New Orleans I’m sure I’ll have to write some more to help alleviate the pain!
Here are seven thoughts on moving and leaving New Orleans:
1. Nothing is permanent
We’re leaving New Orleans, but we can move back. We’re taking off to travel the world for nine months, but if we don’t like it we can come back. My wife quit her job, but she can get another one.
One of the toughest parts of changing is being afraid you can never go back. Situations are rarely permanent…
2. Amjad’s advice on friends
We were incredibly lucky to get some amazing friends in New Orleans. Some were locals who took us in when we were new to the city, some were also new to the city, and others were our neighbors. We really enjoyed our time with them and will miss them dearly.
When we talked to our friend Amjad about this and our fear of not getting friends like this again, he turned the concept a bit. He said it wasn’t just luck that we got friends like this, it was because we were open to meeting new people and worked to establish these new relationships. We hope (or should I say plan?) for this to continue on our trip.
3. It’s good to love something so much that it’s hard to leave
We spent 2.5 years remodeling our lovely little shotgun house. We made it exactly the way we wanted it and we definitely left a little piece of ourselves with it. It was really hard to leave. Maybe that’s a good thing we can love something so much that it’s really hard to leave? Here’s a quick preview of our house renovation:
4. We have a lot of crap
When we sold our house, we sold a decent amount of the furniture including beds, headboards, televisions, and a few other things. We also went through our stuff and donated a few carloads to Goodwill. However, we still have a lot of crap.
How much crap? We managed to fill a 26 ft Penske truck pretty full. It’s scary to see how fast we can accumulate stuff as we just moved here three years ago and there’s definitely more now. Maybe it’s a good thing to move every few years so you can purge your stuff!
5. Growing through experiences
We stop growing when we stop experiencing new things. Some people stop growing after high school, some after college, and some never stop. Have you ever noticed that the people who stop experiencing new things after high school remain the same as they were in high school? The same is true at every other level… don’t stop growing.
6. Dealing with fear
If you’re doing something big, you’re always going to have fear. Fear is actually healthy, you just need to learn to deal with it. We definitely have fear as my wife quits her job, as I go on a nine month leave from my job, as we sell our house, and as we set off to travel. We’re staring it in the face as we move forward.
7. New Orleans is an incredible city
We love New Orleans. We love the culture, history, cuisine, architecture, events, and people (and I’m sure I left a few other items off). If you’ve never visited, make sure you add it to your list… I’ll write some more on it later. But for now, this is a song that will stick with us and possibly with you if you’ve been there before.