TIME ON THE ROAD: 8 days.
CURRENT LOCATION: West Beach, South Australia
MODE OF TRAVEL: The silver bullet (aka our trusty Nissan Pulsar)
ACCOMMODATION: The generous temporary use of a unit owned by family
It’s been a week since we left our rental with no solid forward plans, other than a now-or-never burning need to just go for it.
We aren’t ones for forward planning too far in advance. Anything we’ve tried to plan that way has always changed or fallen through. We make our decisions on the fly.
We were in Perth with family at Christmas 2016, planning to go overseas - on New Years Eve, we we flew to Far North Queensland instead. We were in Cairns, about to rent somewhere - decided to go to Melbourne instead. We were in Melbourne about to rent somewhere, about to go to a job interview I was pretty confident of getting, and Ollie in fact did get a job - a week later we’d cancelled all that and were back in Adelaide.
All right choices in the end, and time elapsed in between - we don’t change every week. But when we do decide to change, it’s with short notice and happens quick.
A month ago, we were planning to rent another house in Willunga, the town in SA where we’ve been living for the past year while gestating and having a baby. #willowthewanderer We were thinking it was going to be long term this time, settle down and all that.
Now we are on the road, full time, free as the breeze… and without a solid plan to speak of. With a 5 year old and a 5 week old…
Some would (and do) say so. They might say if there’s any detectable pattern to our lives, it’s that we are flakey.
But we see it differently. The pattern I have seen emerging is us constantly trying to find a place to settle because that’s what we thought we ‘should’ do. That’s what we thought we were meant to want.
But instead, bursting through always, is our true natures. Lovers of change and adventure. Our restlessness when we stay too long not a sign of flakiness, but of our nomadic souls needing to find expression and satisfaction through new experiences.
To some, that may still be the very definition of flakiness.
I still question myself - and I look forward to when I feel we are fully in this life, proving that it's doable - doing it successfully and not feeling like we are still in limbo and fumbling and trying to figure it out.
Not that it will ever be ‘figured out’ - the nature of nomadic life is that it changes, and there will always be new challenges to navigate. That’s something we love about it. But there is a way to do it with little more surety than we have right now. That’s what we are building, learning, and sharing here.
But I am in no doubt of my nature anymore. We like freedom and we are building a life that suits us. And that is a great thing, no matter how crazy it seems to anyone else.
We are happier and feeling more alive than we have in a long time. It has already changed us, we are already trying new things, having refreshed minds and refreshed ideas and creativity.
We are all in now. We’ve have sold, chucked and given away most of our stuff. We have physically and mentally cut ties with the old life, where we kept trying to stay within the limits of the ‘safe’ and well worn format of living and family life.
We are forging ahead and working it out as we go. The only way to do things when you are pioneering new territory.
We can’t google the answers to these questions - the solutions come from within us. It's frightening, challenging, exciting - and we love it.
We have always been advocates for living the life that really lights you up. (Because the only alternative is a life that dulls you, and that's not living, it's slowly dying.)
But meanwhile we were clinging to a supposed safety net, and not fully living that way ourselves.
Waiting to figure it out first, to plan the route first… it would never work. Because this is uncharted territory and there is no map.
If we want to inspire others to boldly live the life they dream of, to not wait because life is short, to not settle for the status quo - then we damn well better do it ourselves.
And here we go.
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