There will come a point when it sinks in that rather than being a long holiday, this is our life, one we have chosen to live. We are not naive enough to think that it will all be plain sailing either, but then life never is, regardless of where you are in the world, or indeed how you are living, be it in a house or a motorhome. We know there will be challenges along the way, but it’s these challenges and testing times that add deeper meaning to life, as well as enable us to appreciate the good times so much more for having endured the not so good.
Several of the many discussions we have had on the various practicalities and considerations of the trip have centred around the need to be aware of each member of the family’s emotions and individual needs. This is, we believe, paramount to maintaining a happy and harmonious ‘home’, a key factor being the acknowledgement that it would not be healthy to be with each other 24/7. At home we all have our own interests and opportunities to be away from the rest of the family, to have that all-important ‘me time’, something we need to maintain on the road.
Ultimately though this trip is about being together, sharing life experiences as a family and taking time to properly explore the world around us. To do this we must slow down and learn to see things through a different lens. There’s a saying in Swahili, ‘Pole Pole’, which simply translates to ‘slowly’, and that is exactly what we plan to do, travel slowly, love deeply and live in the moment. The rest will take care of itself.