I happen to disagree -- I don't feel courageous at all. I actually am terminally petrified about what we're doing for many reasons. There are a few categories of Things Val Fears, and within each category there are many sub-categories, branches, and bulleted points. I'm thinking of learning to use Excel so I can build a spreadsheet to keep track, but I fear technology too. Clearly, insane is more accurate than courageous.
Here's an abbreviated list of Things Val Fears.
1. Forgetting Something Important
- Passport, visas
- Plane ticket
- Imodium... which leads us to Point 2.
2. Toilet Disasters
- Dirty toilet
- Broken toilet
- Broken toilet and a violent case of explosive bum-issues
- No toilet
- No toilet paper
- Being stuck in a dark closet with a dirty toilet and no toilet paper, and looking up and discovering that there is a crazy toothless man peeking into the dark closet and laughing.
- Critters in toilet... on to point 3.
- Leeches that fall or jump out of trees in the jungle (It's all true!)
- Gigantic spiders that jump at your face (Also true!)
- Giant boa constrictors, pythons
- Venomous Funnel web tarantulas
4. Losing Something Important (can be cross-referenced to point 1)
- Credit Card
- Raging bacterial sepsis, flesh eating disease, limb amputation
- Being lonely, missing people
- Realizing I can't do this
- Sleeping alone in a non-shared-sex hostel all in the name of saving a few bucks
- Getting fat
- Forgetting that I like nice things; becoming crazed schlepper who forgets how to wash, groom body hair, or flirt
- Never being able to get "back on track" upon return home
- Being out of the celebrity gossip loop for 15 months!
- Being that girl, the one who refers to "that time [she] travelled around the world" in every single conversation for the next 50 years.
What's the verdict?