Living in a company dorm is always a challenge. You sure learn how to downsize when it's the only "home" you have! For me, this time this has meant getting rid of absolutely everything I cannot carry with me in two suitcases plus one carry on.
Trust me. Releasing material possessions is hard. Up until the past few weeks, I had always considered myself a pro at not owning "things".
This week, I had to throw away several years' worth of handwritten journals and fiction manuscripts. I had to toss printed photographs from my time in Florida. I've had to give away all my books, and my souvenirs from my travels abroad.
I keep telling myself, this is all for the best. One day I will be glad I did it. I have challenged myself to consider this a spiritual process.
I am also writing about about letting go of your worldly goods which I will publish on Amazon later this year!
Now, the uniforms are bought. Some parks provide uniforms or have a very casual dress code. Forever Resorts has a much more strict, formal (and expensive) uniform policy for employees. So far I have spent over $200 getting everything together, and am still not completely finished.
The plane ticket is paid for. I have booked my hotel in the city where my job's HR staff will come to pick me up.
I remind myself of all the positive aspects of this upcoming adventure. I am looking forward to being in nature, again. To long hikes in stunning landscapes on my off days. I am looking forward to meeting new coworkers from around the world.
Most of all, I am looking forward to at least of few months' worth of financial security!
I still have no idea where I will go at the end of this season. Sometimes I think I want to return to explore more of India. Maybe I will finally attempt to make a life in Europe, finances permitting.
Part of me wants nothing more than to find whatever it means to have a "home". To have a place to call my own, where I can sit in the garden with one (or three) good cats and drink tea.
I have bounced back and forth between 7 US states and various other countries over the past two decades. I will always love travel and exploring new places. But I also want a place to rest.
On a positive note, let me leave you with a few national park images I've taken over my previous seasonal jobs!
From Rocky Mountain National Park, where I worked in the Gift Shop.
|Wildflowers Along Mount Ida Trail in RMNP|
|A Golden Marmot on Mount Ida in Colorado's RMNP|
|Jenny Lake, with Mount Moran in the Background|
|George Washington and Abe Lincoln on Mt Rushmore|
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