With my move to Germany coming closer, I’ve been thinking a lot about my possessions, and which ones I value most to bring with me. I am downsizing the few belongings I have, and essentially starting fresh.
I often stare at my bookshelf wondering which books have sentimental value or most influence my writing. My signature collection of the first four UK versions of the Harry Potter books, my German dictionary, Norton Anthologies and a special copy of “Anne of Green Gables” given to me by my 6th grade English teacher are my most obvious travel companions.
I’m attached to this small wooden carving of my name, which I bought at AstroWorld (RIP) when I was a kid instead of using the money my mom gave me to buy food. I even requested that it be purple, which is still my favorite color. It’s probably the oldest thing still on display in my room.
I’ve even grown attached to my small, yet growing BABYMETAL collection. This band is very important to me, and I can’t contain my obsession. I don’t think I’ll own countless t-shirts and merchandise, but I am quite proud of what I have accumulated so far. Each item has a memory attached to it, so it is quite meaningful to me and will be in my suitcase.
As for photos, I know I can’t leave home without this framed collage of me with my nieces and nephew. They gave it to me as a Christmas gift, and I absolutely treasure it. Leaving my family is going to be difficult, so a little reminder of their love will be my comfort until I get to see them again.
I know I will have my own little space in Germany to fill with my things and remind me of home. But I’m also excited to start with a blank canvas, where no one knows who I am. I did it once with college, and met absolutely wonderful, hilarious, disgusting people I am proud to call my closest friends. I can see this happening in Cologne and Bonn.
I’m scared and stressed but ridiculously excited.