December 05, 2005
If I had to name a few key points which I would have wanted to do differently it would have been time, better arranging of details like bills, more time, and yet more time. When I set out for Scotland I did so with far less prep time than I would have wanted. I had a house to sell and until it did there was very little I could do. When the offer came through and I went to book a ticket things started happening a lot faster than I was prepared for.
A big part of the lack of time was in the people I wanted to say good bye to. I managed to see many of the friends and family who I really felt a need to see before I left. Unfortunately of those who didn’t live in Edmonton I only got to see about half. I wish I had more time to get out to see the rest of my loved ones, especially as all too many are getting on in years. I have a deep fear of not seeing them before a death occurs.
If I had to do things over again I would have done a much more precise approach to getting my final household mail and bills sorted out. Having them sent to a forwarding point in the province and then sent to me has been awkward to say the least. I’m not quite sure how I would have done it but having something more efficient in place would have been much less stressful.
I look back on getting ready and it seems like I was so rushed. I know that I would have frittered away extra time if I’d had it but it would have been nice not to be so rushed. The fact that I was still getting my things together in the hours before my flight is a powerful reminder that giving myself more time would have been helpful.
Posted by Bluerevolutionist at December 5, 2005 01:35 AM