Yes I’m doing it – using a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. Why you ask? Because I am trying to explain why this 10 month adventure is happening – a choice.
It’s the Journey, not the destination
Yah, Yah, Yah. But really IT IS! If it was a destination that we wanted, we would choose to go only to Torun, Poland and take up ‘grand parenting’. Or continue to keep the apron strings around Thing Two and find a house to rent in Stoke-on-Trent and think of new ways to cook chicken. Instead, we are opting for journeys. Travelling in and around Thing One and Thing Two. On trains, planes and automobiles. Sitting in airports listening to the Podcast “My Dad wrote a Porno” (sidebar: for those of you who haven’t listened to this – ask Mr. Google – it will have you laughing out loud!) .
Possessions Own you
All you have to do is go through each and every cupboard, drawer, closet and hidey-hole in your home and discover the validity of this statement. Living can be a somewhat messy and disorganized affair. I recognize that I have the perfect pair of red shoes, green shoes and boots for every occasion. BUT I cannot take these with me. Practicality and functionality mean they work only with certain dresses in my closet. Although they still ‘own me’ in a sense, they are being locked in a closet for almost a year, whilst only the essentials for our journey are being packed. It’s quite the eye-opening experience to evaluate all the things you have stuffed and put somewhere being examined for their value. We are choosing ‘less is more’.
Have the Life you Want to Live Today
This is a huge one. I cannot imagine not doing this trip. I know that I have written in a previous blog about the hugs and the people we will miss (and hopefully miss us). The life we want to live today happens to be leaving with two suitcases each and one guitar (Thing One’s being deposited in Poland). Experiencing the craziness of living in other people’s homes and using their possessions such as a stove to cook with. Experiencing our Grandson – this is a BIG experience neither Dave or myself want to miss. FaceTime, as a good as it is, isn’t cutting it anymore – I want to smell his milky smell; be someone who tickles him to make him laugh. The one thing I have discovered is that humans around the world are mostly the same, in the sense that, we have an inner desire for work, family, love and laughing. For us, we are doing this to have the life we want to live today.