- They come in a variety of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes.
- Some are simple and easy to navigate; others are complicated and have too many bells and whistles.
- You can’t see what is inside until you open them up.
- They get bigger as you get older.
- To travel without them can be quite blissful.
- They should be labeled for easier identification.
- They can be souveniers and contain memories of where you have been.
- With the proper care, they will be functional and serve you for a long time.
- They can hold a lot of shit that you don’t really need.
- If they are properly packed, they can still hold a lot and the lid will always close completely and properly.
- If they are overstuffed, the lid may close, at first, but could pop open and spill out at the most inopportune moment.
- They can get lost at times.
- If they get lost, most times they come back.
- If they don’t come back, there is always another one laying around to take the place of the one that slipped away.
- If you have too many of them at one time, they cost a lot of money and are difficult to handle on your own.
Some of us travel with too much luggage. Travelling in this way requires help from anyone around, unless we are too stubborn to accept help. We become the ones who are stumbling and dropping things as we wind our way through the airport. We take up time in the line to check-in, and we are in the way at the baggage carousel. The only one who really makes out is the luggage jockey who carries our shit around.
Some of us travel with luggage that is overpacked. We may be able to handle it; but the luggage itself is bursting at the seams and difficult to manage. We need to make some decisions to re-organize our shit or get rid of stuff that we don’t need.
All of us review our luggage and packing needs the more we travel. We change things about the way we travel, like the luggage we use, the way we pack, the items we bring with us.
As it is with life.
We need to decide what is important enough to make the journey with us, and what we can leave in the closet. We need to decide how to pack those items in a way that they won’t impede our progress. We need to decide to define how the luggage defines us, instead of letting the luggage decide for us.
The decision is always in our hands.