2 Days ago…
Day 1: People are surprised (some don’t even believe) that I only got 1 backpack for my 100 days trip.
Take this for example, from Cyd: “Eto lang yung bag mo?…Yan na din yung dadalhin mo around? Hindi ata yung regular outdoor-sy bag.” (That’s it?… for 100 days? Nota regular outdoor-sy bag.)
Yep, that’s it. I didn’t used my TNF outdoor-sy bag because its like a walking sign that says “I’m a tourist here.” And that weighs way too much, more than 10% of my body weight.
Weighing around 7-8 kilograms, I’m already traveling light. But then I realize that I need to lessen my load if I want to go to far places.
Day 3: I woke up this morning with a sore back and right shoulder. It was really painful that I don’t want to stand up, I just want to lay on my bed.
Days 4-100: I guess I will lessen my load to about 5Kgs. I want to trek swiftly, move around efficiently.
I realized that everything I need can be fitted in one backpack. Moreso, I brought more than enough- 5 shirts, 3 shorts, lotsa toiletries, first aid kit, gadgets, hammock, jacket, etc…
I realize that in life we carry too much load, do too much work, worry too much, think too much, spend too much, eat too much, drink too much, commit too much. The tendency is to get as much as we can and we lose sight of living in the “now.”
We lose faith and hope for tomorrow’s blessing. We seem to forget what tomorrow brings.We tend to fill the cup to the brim; so it scatters when we try to drink from it.
And so I guess, I need to add these to my tag-
SPEND LESS, TRAVEL MORE. CARRY LESS, TRAVEL FAR.
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Reflection made during Day 3 of 100 at Prayer Mountain, Antipolo City, Rizal. 10:30am
This is post part of ISANG DAAN Journey. ISANG DAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days.
You may also watch my teaser vid on Youtube: ISANG DAAN CHALLENGE