More and more recently I’ve been faced with the thoughts around, why we do what we do ? Working 9-5, 5-9, long hours, long days, long weeks and years. Working for someone you probably don’t even like, doing something you don’t want to, just to be able to afford a life filled with things you probably don’t need. That’s exactly where we found ourselves and we decided that we would sell virtually all of our belongings – bar a few sentimental things. Pack a backpack and a laptop and go experience the world.
My name is Adriaan and this is my family. Tassia , my wife of 10 years, “Noodle” aged 10, “Bub” 9 and “Charlie” 6. We like to call them by their nicknames – usually when we use their full name they know they’re in trouble.
We’re about to embark on an epic journey. Traveling around the world, exploring new cultures, meeting new people, making new friends and writing about it from our different points of view and what we take away from each day, each culture, each country and every experience.
What a crazy experience this has already been and only a couple of months in. Who knew how much stuff we had to sell, what an emotional attachment you have to certain objects, some of seemingly no value. The emotional toll it takes when faced with whittling your life possessions down to what you can carry on your back. There’s a real tribal, primal, nomadic feel about the thought, that all you own is with you right now. But with that comes a great excitement, seeing the world and even more so a great freedom. The freedom to – at the drop of a hat – pack up your worldly possessions and go…away.
to or at a distance from a particular place, person, or thing.
In a world filled with the here and now, what you own and how you show it off to the world. Being able to take a step back, to be able to put down the objects and devices that fill our days, our minds and our lives. This experience is once in a lifetime for us and our children and could go a long way toward shaping who they become as people one day.
We are all so different and we will all take someone unique out of every experience and open our eyes to the outside world, how other people and cultures live and survive. Living a life with compassion, understanding, respect and appreciating the cultural diversity of the world we live in. It will open our eyes as adults too. I don’t believe we even know what we don’t know yet. It’s exciting and nerve wracking. Not knowing what’s ahead, but being excited about it. In a small, insignificant way I feel like what I imagine the first “seafarers” felt like embarking into the unknown for the first time.
It’s time to pack up, to sell, to give away. It’s time to plan and book. It’s time to push off…away.