… was the theme of tonight’s Yoga class with Stephan Suh and one day during my holidays – when I had to let go my bag.
On the first day of our holidays, my bag got lost – actually it was stolen. This is a situation that many travelers unfortunately find themselves in and should be aware of and prepared for. Luckily, I was prepared, but not enough. I had my money, phone and ID in a bellybag. But my bag with some of my personally very valuable things (for example my travel diary that accompanied me on every journey since 2011, and a friendship ring that I had been wearing every day since 2012) – could still be with me if I paid even more attention. I left my bag in the car when we were going for a walk for less than an hour. There is one rule that I will follow from now on: never leave valuables in the car.
It’s so simple. But it’s also very simple to lose the awareness for such things.
My reactions to my loss were funny somehow. At first I thought of the camera and the tablet that were in the bag, and I was annoyed to have lost them because they cost so much. Only later I realized that my ring and my diary also were in the bag – things that didn’t cost much but meant a lot to me. Then I started crying. And a little later I forced myself to accept the loss and let it go. But letting go takes a while – I still missed my ring when I got dressed this morning for work. So how nice that Stephan made me go through the process of letting go during the Yoga class. I still don’t feel really good about this loss, but at least the process is started.
And I will make something good out of the loss: I will try to remember all the travel stories in my diary and share them here.
And to create more awareness for what is valuable to me.