The third instalment in a series answering the most asked questions about our trip.
What was the toughest time / thing we coped with / situation?
Togetherness is a double-edged sword.
Being together (all the time) is the one single thing what made our 15mths away incredible. That level of intimacy, shared experiences and dependency was priceless.
That very same level of intimacy, sharing of experiences and dependency was without a doubt hands down the toughest thing about our 15mths away.
Shared bedrooms, beds, bathrooms, 6hr+ car journeys many days at a time, all meal times, walking tours, boat tours, train and bus rides and every single other moment of every day.
Put that level of 'up-close' in the mix with failed GPS, tired and hungry kids, tired and hungry adults, playlist disagreements, and general personal space meltdowns (to name a few of the rubs) and you're probably getting a vague idea of what it's like to be a family of five exploring Europe by car for a little more than a year.
Not always glamorous. Far from it at times.
It wore on all of us at different times in different ways. There were tears, sulking and downright arguments.
Always raw. Always real.
I remember one night Paul and I had a right barney (had been brewing all day) outside a restaurant and walking away in different directions leaving the kids standing there as if they we're going to have dinner and pay themselves! We all regrouped within a couple of minutes but it was a classic moment of 'I've had enough of all of you!'
What was golden about all that intimacy and the rub? The fact that we figured it out. Had to. Every time.
Who was it that said 'No pressure, no diamonds?'
Ultimately, I am eternally grateful for the intensity of that time because everyone learnt compassion, patience, tolerance and when to just shut up! Mostly. ;-)
I was also reminded that it's in the times that feel the toughest that we learn the best and juiciest stuff. About ourselves and each other.
We're typically not going to learn much in easy street right?
Today, five months back, I am constantly reminding myself that I'm exactly where I'm meant to be.
No questions asked.
I have had enough experiences of looking back and everything making perfect sense...(that pearl that is hindsight), that I am getting so much better at just trusting the now and finding there is such freedom in that.
I would love to hear about a time when you have been under pressure and a gem has come to the surface?
Let me know in the comments. All our stories make this a conversation.
To your shining!
"What I now know to be true is that the key to creating freedom is accessing choice and the way to create more choices is to have more of the resources that allow choice, namely time and money."