They grow up so fast.
The most over-used cliches are over-used for a very good reason – they’re true.
Do you ever feel like you’re on some kind of crazy fairground ride on groundhog day – that life is a short-of-breath-barely-time-to-think sequence of getting people up, dressed, fed, out, dashing to work, working your socks off, leaving work early to sort your kids out
(oh, such a happy part-time gad-about life our colleagues think we lead), dashing home, making lists, sorting out the house, helping with homework, battling over bathtimes, wrestling everyone to bed before cooking dinner and retiring for a brief respite before it all repeats itself?
We do. Unlike many that families that decide to travel we both love our jobs and the kids are happy at school, but time is such a funny thing – it bends and compresses itself to make whole years appear to fly and yet it stretches and slows so that the monotonous tedium of the every day can feel utterly, endlessly bottomless. We want a pause. A break. We need some time, time together, before it all slips away.
Our children are 4 and 6 and their baby-ness simultaneously feels like a slippy, ethereal dream and like the day before yesterday. Their cousins are 11 and 13 and I can’t help but shake my head with a “where did the time go” when I think of that.
Life is what happens when you’re making other plans, as they say. I feel anxious about turning around, ten years from now when they’re both teenagers and feeling like we didn’t make enough time together, that the busy-ness of everday made us lose sight of the importance of connecting, spending time together, being a family together.
Travel feels like an extraordinary opportunity and adventure and an opportunity to re-assess our priorities, take a real break from how we live, to be in a better place to re-evaluate what’s important to us as a family. Our busy lives mean we spend or waste so much money, buying back time – the cleaner, the convenience foods because there’s no time to cook, the things we’ve given away because we don’t have time to list them on sales sites, the bargains we missed out by not having time to think or plan ahead.
Unlike many families travelling the world with children, world schooling as they go – we don’t (currently) plan to make this a permanent lifestyle thing yet I imagine it’s difficult to take a trip like this without it changing you in all kinds of ways.
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