I just emptied out a closet in my Los Angeles apartment to use as my "movers do not take this stuff" designated area. The parallel suddenly donned on me. There are some things I will need to tuck away. To hang on to during this "adventure." Things that I cannot let anyone take from me, not even for two weeks on a moving truck. Those things get broken into. God I hope it gets broken in to.
One of the things I have to keep safe, in the little closest in the back of my mind is my confidence. My ability to believe that I can get through anything. Something else that cannot be touched by anyone I cross paths with during this change is my sense of humor. Things will go wrong. My ability to laugh at myself and others when this happens keeps me sane and balanced. Lastly, and most importantly, my optimism must remain in that closet. Out of reach of influencers. When a day is rough, I must be able to pull out that optimism and remind myself that the bad days will come and go, and I have to have the strength to remain hopeful about my future and trust in my decision to move across the country.