The following post was written by Bridge Year Fellow Farah Heikal.

I am currently surrounded by heaps and piles of things I need to pack. I would be lying if I said that this hasn’t been my situation for the past three days. You see, if I had a list of the things that I absolutely dread doing, it would look a lot like this: (1) packing; (2) unpacking; (3…∞) merely existing rather than living. I have never had the desire to do either one of these. Packing seems to fill me with worry. I worry I won’t be prepared, I won’t have appropriate clothing, or I worry I’ll forget something. The entire process brings about an overwhelming fear of being unprepared, as well as a tendency to overpack.

I often think of packing and unpacking as metaphors for life—while packing brings a fear of unpreparedness, unpacking means finality. Just when […]