At the moment I’m in a bit of a rut. We had two wonderful trips in December and January (Japan and Kangaroo Island) and now …. nothing. I’m stuck in a life of normality. This is sending me stir crazy and now I’m well… not wanting to do much, but also wanting to do everything all at the same time!
My emotions are all over the place. I’m frustrated at the weather (too hot or now too rainy !), I’m frustrated at my present lack of funds, I’m frustrated that I can’t just pack up my kids and travel the world indefinitely, I’m frustrated that I have to work (even though I love my job) and I’m frustrated that the kids also have to work/go to school/go to uni. I’m in a rut, following the routine of normality when all I want to is not.
It’s times like this that I return to my mantras that I have had bluetacked to my mirror, since those horrible, soul crushing first months of being on my own. Nothing spectacular, nothing amazing and still on the scrap of paper that I have carried around for years, but they remind me to be grateful for my life, for my kids and what I have, rather then what I haven’t.
Succumbing to the inner need for having more than what we already have, is somewhat human nature, something I need to be “snapped out of” every so often and be reminded that I have so much. Kids that I love, a roof over my head, food on the table, clothing on our backs and the opportunity to part time travel spending quality time with my family. Things that many people in the world do not have, and possible never will.
To many it may sound that I’m whingeing, wanting more when I already have so much. In a way this is what travel does to you, its makes you want to see more, experience more and make more memories. It gives you itchy feet, a sense of wanderlust. Travel is like a drug…. its addictive and the highs (travelling) are amazing while the lows (not travelling) can crush you, putting you into a nearly depressant state. Travelling sucks you into a vortex, one that is very hard to get out of.
I have to get out of the vortex out of my rut and get back on track. The cure, the way I’m going to survive the weeks leading up to my next trip, is to read my daily mantras,(try) to eat healthy, go on morning walks, practice yoga / meditation, explore nature and…. go camping (of course!)
Do you sometimes need to be reminded how great your life is?
What helps you?