Today the nerves have kicked in full speed. My stomach is in knots and I’m second guessing everything. However, the more research I do, the more I realize this is completely NORMAL. Nerves are good, excitement is good. Of course, it’s terrifying to quit your job and live out of a backpack for a year, but this isn’t a novel concept either. I need to remind myself that thousands of people do this, and I’m embarking on a life changing journey. I’ll be returning to the U.S. a different person, hopefully for the better. And chances are, I won’t even be ready to come home!