A wonderful gift I have received from the 3 months we have been on the road is a greater awareness of time, and how I relate to it. It’s going to take more than 90 days to break the habits of a lifetime but at least I see an alternative to my usual need to be busy, engaged and on the go.
One of my best teachers is our youngest kidlet, possibly the most laidback, easy going person I know and a reminder that there is very little in life worth getting your knickers in a knot about. Brendan’s favorite activity as we travel around is to do nothing; who knew it could be so much fun? (Well, he did and he is a great teacher!)
Living on the road means you cannot always control what the day brings and how you spend your time. We have had to change plans more times than I would ever have imagined; weather chased us south from Oregon, the government shutdown kept us out of 4 national parks, we missed out on miles and miles of bike trails because our bikes were stolen. Days changed or emptied completely and left us with plenty of time for Brendan’s favorite activity, I had to slow down and I realized I liked the speed drop.
Even in Mexico they call it “Mexico Time” and it is a whole new way of life. There are absolutely times when you need to rush – fire, when you’re late to see your child sing in the school play. But, let’s be honest, most of the time, we rush around like chickens with our heads cut off out of habit rather than any real need. And a rotten, life-threatening habit it is.
Turns out getting less done and enjoying the slow march of time can lead to a more abundant life.