A lady recently asked me if I had ever heard the saying; “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
Of course I had!
Her comment was made in the context of my lifestyle choices and our nomadic existence. She went on to say; “you may never find what you are looking for.”
It caught me off guard. I have never thought of it that way.
We live this life by choice. We are not looking for something in particular. We are not escaping something, not trying to improve on what has been or to run away from something horrible. We choose to live a life, full of change and exploration and there is nothing wrong with that. But it scares people because it is different.
My conversation with this lady really got me thinking. People have this life mentality hammered into them from very early in life. But what is wrong with dreaming of a different path or working towards a big life change or a completely new life? We all have the power to design our own life. We can change the aspects we don’t like or build upon the parts we do. You may go down several paths before you find the right one. But don’t let the unknown scare you from pursuing them. The grass may or may not always be greener but sometimes you need to spend some time amongst brown grass to move forward, to evolve, to change. You can always turn the sprinkler on, throw on some fertiliser and grow new green grass wherever you are. At the same time of wanting more you can appreciate what you currently have. Life is a journey. Our journey is constantly growing and evolving. We often get asked; “Why don’t you stay put?” We could ask in return; “Why do you stay?” But we don’t. Everyone is entitled to build and live their life their way. You need to be HAPPY within yourself. You need to build confidence in your choices. We are all capable of AMAZING things and whether that is building your dream home and raising your family or whether that is travelling across the countryside, it is completely your choice. There is nothing wrong with staying in one spot but this is not the way we live our life.
Why do people need to judge others to justify their choices? Is it human nature or is it purely to reassure themselves? Don’t be afraid of what is unknown to you. Next time a friend or family member tells you their plans or life dream don’t scoff at it or try to hold them back because you don’t agree, support them. It is their dream, not yours.
If you live simpler at home it is easier to travel.
Bold statement I know!
But it is true.
How can you live simply at home?
declutter, declutter, declutter
Get rid of any excess stuff or white noise from your home! Do you have 50 frypans but only use one or two? OR do have a favourite outfit that you haven’t worn for 15 years but will wear it again “one day”? We don’t need all this STUFF to live fulfilled lives. When we travel we strip our life back, why not live this life at home?
The more we live simpler at home the easier it is to experience the best travel can offer. Travel is about collecting moments not things.
To live we need minimal “things” like shelter, food, water etc
At home it goes a bit further than this we need/want a bed, cooking appliances, clothing, some luxuries and so forth!
Here is how we have been de-cluttering at our placw these past few weeks:
Culling our clothes. (Vinnies now have 6 BIG bags of our clothes!)
Cleaning out our kitchen of excess items and double ups.
Culling out our pantry!!! Do we really need that can of whatever from 1999?
Removing our DVD collection from DVD cases and placing them in DVD wallets. Same with the CD collection.
Giving away our myriad of books.
Selling items which haven’t been used….. do we need 3 DVD players? NO! A second TV?
Setting our bills to e-mail to cut back on how much paperwork we have lying around.
What do you need to de-clutter at your place?
Next job for us is our linen closet and office/study !!
There is often something new and exciting in the life of the travellers. However, like with all others on this beautiful Earth, there are trying times filled with ruts and slumps. “I’m stuck!” is currently my catch-cry. I cannot suppress the whinge! I’m sick of hearing about it so I am sure those around me are F-E-D up!!!
Why you may ask? No reason really! It is what is!! My itchy feet have kicked in and they are as itchy as hell. My indecisiveness is working overtime. So I am in that place…. I’m sure you have all been there!?!? Please tell me you have?! These are just feelings you have to push through or do something about. I’m undecided (dang that indecisiveness!) which way to go? So at the moment I’m pushing through and will see what happens.
Let’s talk about some positive things coming up for us Norris’!
We are off to one of our favourite Western QLD towns in a fortnight: Longreach! The Longreach region has been gripped by devastating drought conditions for years. The people of the region are losing hope and walking off the land. We will be attending a drought relief concert featuring Paul Kelly, Dan Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daly and Mick Lindsay! In case you are unaware we are BIG Paul Kelly fans, don’t worry we love Troy as well! We are going to splash some cash around the region while we are there. So if you are around the area or even quite a few 100 kms away like us (800km people!!!) why not head to Longreach and help inject some money into this lovely Western QLD town. For more details contact the Longreach Info Centre
The next weekend we change it up from the bush to the beach. A much-needed break on the Noosa River. A nice relaxing long weekend (plus a few extra days) with sun, salt, family and water! We LOVE you Spring!!
Let’s hope these two upcoming weekends away help to dig me out of my rut!
For our recent Simpson Desert crossing we decided to invite along friends and family. We normally travel by ourselves or with one other couple so how did we go with five couples and one family?
With no false pretences we had a fantastic time. Yes, there were difficult moments but it was a wonderful experience. Would we do it again? Yes. Would we do it every trip? No. Travelling as a group should not be entered into lightly. It should be entered with flexibility and eyes wide open.
Why did it how recent group trip work?
We were selective with who we invited. It sounds harsh but you have to be realistic.
We had reliable experienced trip leaders who took control of the messy side of planning. (preparation, bookings, group discounts, logistics and timing)
We had a well-planned trip itinerary which everyone had a copy of. It was open to changed and had several options at each destination.
We were all open and flexible.
Within the first few days of travel we were aware of each others strengths and weaknesses and factored these into planning.
As we were a group of 14 we were often privy to group discounts which was a travel perk.
We had plenty of “free-time” which allowed everyone to do what they wanted at their own pace.
At the end of the day everyone was there for the right reasons. We were all happy to be travelling through these amazing parts of Australia together. The key to happy group travels is choosing the right people and that we did.