I only had 5 hours until I left. And instead of repacking the items I had recently unpacked during my latest freak out, I was in bed, under the covers and adamant on staying there.

In the past, I’ve only felt excitement in the anticipation of any trip. This time was different. I felt nothing but dread and fear.

I stepped off the plane and made my way to baggage claim. After dragging my backpack off the conveyer belt, I proceeded to the nearest bench. I sat Googling the cost of a return ticket and wondering to myself what else was refundable?

2 hours later, I was still sitting on the bench.

Still, what was the problem? I’m here now. The hard part was over, right?

One reluctant train ride and bus transfer later, I had made it into downtown and to the art museum.

Clueless of the current exhibits, I asked for one student ticket (even though I’m in my 30s, I still use that ID for everything), and proceeded up the stairs.

Once at the top, I was greeted with vinyl lettering that read:

“Ganesha – The Playful Protector
As the Overcomer of Obstacles, Ganesha is often found at the start of an experience…”

I let out a deep sigh and nodded.

OK, Universe…

I was officially Elsewhere bound.

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