Travel Light

Travel Light

By Brendan McCabe

Believer. Making the most of this life with a mouse, keyboard, and pair of running shoes.


As someone who has graduated from college in the past 2 years and is still looking for a career, I hope my story can help going through the same thing, and maybe wrestling with similar baggage.

One of my favorite parts about quick weekend trips is that I don't have to check bags when flying. This means I just walk on and off the plane with everything I need. I pass by the baggage claim and smile because I don't have to wait around when the only thing on my mind is getting a savory double-double at In N Out Burger. Could I have checked bags? Would I still have gotten to my destination? Of course. But that would have cost me extra money, energy and time.

In my life, I have started to see that the pursuit of a passion or career is like a weekend trip. It can be a mix of stress and excitement. It can be with friends or by yourself. It can even be quiet and smooth or push your patience with a crying baby. No matter which way you slice it, we desire a destination filled with heartwarming memories.

Packing bags for the trip is crucial, but there are two kinds of baggage. The baggage we need to bring, our carry-ons, and the baggage we should not bring, checked bags. Our carry-ons are good. They come packed with stuff to keep us alive and decent in public. Checked bags, on the other hand, slow us down. They are often packed excessively and weigh a lot. Remember, it's a weekend trip. None of us need that much. Yet, often times we get sucked into thinking we need more than we actually do.

(Now we may have checked baggage for a while because life dealt us a crappy hand. That’s okay, it’s part of life in a broken world. During those times, travel with friends. They lighten the load.)

When pursuing a passion or career we can bring just carry-ons or check bags. With carry-ons we can grow and learn at a pace that stimulates and encourages us. We can make the most of the ability to easily pivot, change flights, and not worry about excess baggage. It's not easy, but only packing what we need gives us freedom. Aim for that and leave behind the doubts and fears.

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