"You are living my dream!" we hear and read again and again. And: "Oh, great, what you're doing, I'm so envious!" also not infrequently.
We would like to comment on this. And, because I'm so fond of words, I'd like to call on you to be mindful of your own words and the resulting thoughts (or the other way around?).
First of all: we live "our" dream, not that of others. Perhaps others have similar dreams, in which case there is nothing to stop them from dreaming them and, if the possibilities allow, living them (we are aware that not everyone succeeds in doing this and we are very grateful for the opportunities that life has given us and that we have made of them!)
Besides a great trip (and the travel and gratitude diary here, and only exactly is this: Notes of our journey, not our life) also:
- Two people living in a very small space, smaller than most guest rooms or children's rooms. We live in less than 11 square metres including bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, office and dressing room. (We did some research: even less than a prison cell. Why do we think that? Hm...)
- We are always together, 24/7. That means everything is experienced together: joy, anger, phone calls, going to the loo, wool and hair lint everywhere, mountains of laundry and washing up, fridges that are too full and too empty, shopping, budgeting and route planning. Every fart and every stinky foot.
- This is more relationship work and tolerance training than we had ever imagined - and admittedly did not want.
- But it doesn't stop there: regularly looking for a parking space, reorienting ourselves in every supermarket, constantly converting currencies, often not understanding the language, missing our beloved herbal tea and waving from afar, especially at family events.
Of course, Goethe also has an opinion on this:
"That is the pleasant thing about travelling, that even the ordinary gains the prestige of an adventure through novelty and surprise."
And now we come to envy: We did some research on envy. Mortal sin and all that. Envy can also include ill-will. But we believe that the word is simply misused.
I am watching myself right now. Our daughter is currently travelling through and working in Asia, in my mind I envy her. No, I correct myself, I am happy for her and would love to be there too. Warmth, beach, Thai food.
But there is another thought, because: Those who are still envious now are actually only looking at the actual state (and presumably only the one visible to themselves, not the real one) without taking note of the way here and all areas of life that are not publicly documented.
And yet: it is absolutely worth it for us, it is exhausting and it is (mostly) beautiful. And we take away so much more than just memories of encounters, beaches, scones with cream and botanical gardens. Just looking through the pages here, we know that our decision for each other and for the road was and is pretty much the best.
So, what dream is lying dormant in your heart and slowly wants to be lived?
Merci for "travelling with us
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