With seven and a half long months still stretching before us until our beautiful RTW adventure begins, I am constantly battling with my love/hate relationship with waiting. I hate it for all the obvious reasons. I am not a naturally patient person, and have a tendency to drive myself crazy with anticipation and excitement.
My mind is permanently ticking over plans and ideas, and I drive Lee more than a little crazy with my habit of thinking aloud… “Hey babe we should go here and check this place out and I really want to do this and don’t you think that would be fun oh and look how beautiful this mountain is wouldn’t it be amazing to climb it I wonder how long it takes to get there do you think it will be expensive I wonder what the best time of year to go is it would be such a great adventure…”
I could go on but I think you get the idea.
And so I have decided to take a step back and try to quieten my mind and allow myself (and Lee) a little time to relax and just be present now, without always thinking about the future.
Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.
– Paramhansa Yogananda
I have started to meditate. By started I mean I’ve done it once. I downloaded a great little guided meditation app onto my iPhone called Simply Being, and as I was babysitting last night I sat myself down after the children were asleep and spent 20 minutes trying to slow the chatter in my mind.
It wasn’t easy, let me tell you.
It was like listening to the ramblings of a crazy woman. Actually sitting there and listening to my thought pattern dart from here to there like a humming bird on speed was quite an eye-opening experience, at once both hilarious and worrying.
I need to chill out!
I have an endlessly long RTW to-do list, with items strewn across my notepad, laptop and mind. I use Evernote to catalogue things I find on the internet and have bookmarked so many pages now that I know I will never have time to read them all.
So I am going to begin simplifying my life to enable myself to actually enjoy this pre-travel phase rather than just waiting for it to pass. I will start by deleting all the bookmarks I have saved; I can’t remember what any of them were so I guess I won’t miss them. I am going to stop wasting time comparing other travellers views on things like quick-drying underwear and just pick one (ExOfficio!) and wittle down my to-do list to a very manageable ten items.
Once I’ve ticked those ten off I can add a new batch but not until the previous list has been tackled. Having a list so long I can’t see the end is just mentally exhausting and unecessary. I need to realise that no one else is pressuring me to do these things, so why am I doing it to myself?! This is supposed to be fun – when did I forget that?
Starting from today my list will include a few travel essentials combined with some positive lifestyle essentials. A healthy life requires balance; mine has been tipped to one side for far too long now so I am going to even the load between doing and being. My first list to enjoy working through is as follows:
- Chill the heck out
- Stop reading reviews of unnecessary travel gear
- Spend quality time with Lee without mentioning travel
- Research cheap travel deals on Coupon Chief
- Make a doctors appointment to discuss vaccinations
- Treat myself to a massage
- Read a delightful and heartwarming book (any recommendations folks?)
- Research the best way to make cheap international phone calls while we’re away (by order of my mum!)
I feel better already. Bring on the fun!