How to do a backpack : On travelling with emotional baggage
By Lauren Klarfeld
Published Aug. 2016 : Elephant Journal
As I laid out the remainders of my clothes on an empty table and zipped up my backpack, I knew I was trying to pack a mess. I made a decision almost a year ago that I didn’t want to be committed to an apartment, a contract, rent or a job that didn’t move me. That it had all seemed pointless after so many years to work so many hours, not only to support myself since I was 18, but also to work for things I didn’t always believe in. The home I was in, the job I had and some of the people I knew just didn’t feel like ‘home’ anymore.
Some backpacks are made on a swift decision I remembered thinking. Others are planned months in advance and ticked off with a checklist. Certain backpacks are made out of choice, and sometimes others are made because we had no choice... Be it to go far or to go hide next door. When we are making a backpack, there is more to it than just physical weight...