Have you ever really wanted to live the Nomadic Lifestyle, for a week, a month, a year, a decade or more?
So many doubts, so many what if’s. Don’t worry too much about the things that may never happen, that just leaves a dark cloud on the most amazing lifestyle anyone decides to do, even stops someone from making the change to pursue this amazing lifestyle, I often ask myself, what if we never made this scarey decision? There are so many things we would have missed and personally we could not have both, so we chose one, and it’s the best thing we ever did and what if those what if’s do ever happen…….it will most certainly have been a price well worth paying, and what if those what if’s don’t come?…………….
My Camera is the most important items I have for those magnificent sunsets, sunrises, for that elegant and noble eagle taking flight in front of you, or Australia’s sublime landscape, for the many & varied wildflowers that seem to never end, beaches that go on and on, trees with trunk patterns or colour that leave you aghast, the look on hubby’s face when he catches that fish, the bright and contagious smile of a little indigenous kid, Mum falling on her bum in the waves laughing ’til it hurts, pictures of your ever changing ‘back yards’ to show the kids, a selfy of the two of you staring awestruck at the pure and utter beauty of a waterfall in a rainforest, capturing a thunderstorm that constantly lights up your world, new friends at happy hour, laughing ’til their jaws ache, take that picture of your RV at that speccy location, be humbled at the majesty of the ancient landscape of the west, finally understanding how it gets in your soul and is so very spiritual to our first Australians, capturing the brilliant pallets of colour that reaches out so humbly before you.
Don’t ever forget to keep those batteries charged and at the ready, you don’t want to miss that sea eagle that glides passed your your camp so confident in his domain.
Store those backups and never lose a shot (or put them on the “cloud”) You really will want to revisit those magic moments or perhaps print them in your own coffee table book.
How good is it to explore the reefs and rock pools? With the little colourful crabs, fish, occys that squirts up the back of your leg and mum squeals with surprise! Wading in the shallows catching Blue Swimmer Crabs and boiling them up for tea or sitting on the sand and cracking them open with crab juice dripping off your elbows!!! Now! That’s a picture!
Craggy coastlines that make you feel young and full of life when you scramble along, across, up and down to get to the other side. Explore those exposed reefs at low tide and find colours you never thought possible to be on one little fish.
Fishing, even if you don’t know what you’re doing! You’ll catch them anyway and just ask, people will always come with plenty of info to help, make a new friend who may just have some better information for something totally different, that blows you away.
Then when you get ‘home’ a dish full of water outside your motor home so you can wash your feet after exploring the sandy beaches (the less sweeping the better) don’t forget a little bag to collect shells and driftwood and the smooth stones tumbled from eons of wave movement.
Packing a small backpack with some sangas & water, when you take those jaw dropping walking tracks to marvel at the scenery and stop for lunch just to soak it in, be silent take it slow….. to be privileged to see a roo bound by or a wombat nuzzle the dirt or finches in their bright feathers fly by. Sit in a forest and listen to a Lyrebird mimicking everything he has ever heard or what is more beautiful than a Bellbird’s melodic call?
Watch the effortless flight of a Black Cockatoo, with the flash of red tail and be in awe of their beauty. I will forever more know their call as they fly by and run out like a little kid at Christmas just to watch them fly by.
Trek to the ocean’s edge and be indulged by the whales making their way back to the south or watch the dolphins surf the waves. Their confidence and beauty make you well up with respect at their majesty.
Thank this new technical world that allows you to talk face to face with your love ones and friends and you pan around with your tablet or phone to show them just how magnificent this new life is. Then hopefully inspire a loved one.
The appreciation just for being together and sharing all this and more, just being together, you and me, sitting, talking, exploring, playing, loving, doing whatever takes your fancy, whenever, wherever and however you please…….and know to your core that you deserve it. This is your time.
The realization that if you leave all negativity at home, you seem to find and see the positive in everything.
Take it all in, the seed heads on a blade of grass and the way they all sway back and forth in a breeze, the different foliage, their colours and texture, discover the tiny insects toiling busily on that one blade of tall grass, the huge black crow surveying the land, the way the beach changes every tide, what has it ashed up today?
Lay on your back on those starry, starry nights deep in the outback and count the shooting stars, be grateful for the rain that fills your tanks and washes away all the dust and everything is new and clean, be gratified for the look on his/her awestruck face when they discover something beautiful and new or have a new and wondrous view of something old or thought you’d seen before, look closer at that arid flat country, be amazed at just how much is there. Be in awe of the solid rock buildings the pioneers built or the flimsy yet durable structure of a wattle and daub hut, grateful for the spirit of these pioneers who laid the foundations for such a privileged life we have now. Read the names of the Anzacs on the Remembrance walls all over the country and thank them & those who did come home, for what they sacrificed for us. Be privileged to learn from the ancient cultures of our first Australians, to open your mind to a new way of thinking. Bring out your inner child take it all in with wonder and most of all…… Be the real you, you’ll be gobsmacked how free and liberating that is!
** DON’T LET IT GET AWAY – whatever it is that makes your heart sing, do it as soon as you can – no excuses, because if you let them, excuses will always be there to strangle the joy from your life and there’s no going back.
Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not guaranteed, today is all you’ve really got, so make the most of today.
by Wendy Frank 2014