You might be reading this because you've crossed paths with someone wearing an "In Silence" tag I've made. The fact that they're wearing the tag demonstrates that they're curious about going against the stream in our modern world - choosing silence over noise.
Although I don’t have to pack this light, I want to pack this light. My shoulders are happier this way, as well as my heart when faced with last minute flight or gate/terminal changes. Also, my first backpacking trip to Asia in 2005-2006 was seminal because it showed me how very little I needed to be utterly happy.