Own only what you can carry

Small roller bag and hyper lite backpack

Small roller bag and hyper
lite backpack


When traveling
I own only what I can carry
And I am carrying too much
So I shed – a warm fleece and tights
Hace mucho calor para estas ropas
I shed a dress, skirt and top
That I foolishly tucked in my bag
At the last moment
My mojo is to blend in
Be local, look local

When traveling
I own only what I can carry
Not interested in transporting
Emotional and acculturated baggage
Labels, barriers, rules, and restrictions
To-do lists, boundaries, and decorum
These all confine creativity and the ability to wander

You only need what you can carry
No need to own more
So keep it lite and minimal

Never leave home without swim stuff

Never leave home without swim stuff

Comments on: "Own only what you can carry" (2)

  1. Mary Sanders said:

    My dear Mermaid,

    On a day that I struggled to tidy and clear out my closet, your insights in your journal are perfect. My next basket to tackle includes my swim wear, which I anticipate being my most difficult since each item has a splash story. You are inspiring me to say no more frequently and to say yes with courage. Thank you for helping me grow lighter and larger. Enjoy your soak.
    Warm splashes and hugs, Mary

  2. Oh mermaid Mary and dear friend – let those swim suits go – you only need 2-3 max. You will always have the memories!

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