We suffer more from our imagination than from reality – Seneca
As everyone around me at home in Newcastle could attest, I suffered greatly from this trip.
There were so many unknowns.
Our young kids are growing and developing at such a rapid rate that their needs and desires appear vastly different from one trip to the next. Leaving me with a different set of challenges to problem shoot.
It was only a few weeks before leaving that I managed to quell my fears and embrace the excitement of an awesome opportunity! None of the ‘problems’ had been solved, none of my fears had been eliminated, but I had pre pared as best I could.
The hardest thing to do was to choose a different mindset. I had to believe that it would all work out (one way or another), because otherwise my brain would melt from anxiety. So I did it. I chose wanderlust, enthusiasm, and I harnessed my adventurous spirit.
Of course (predictably) none of my fears were worth worrying about…
- How would Basti (super active 3 year old) go sitting in the bike trailer?…. totally fine
- How would Amaya go on her attached bike?…. also totally fine! Sometimes she pops into the trailer.
- How would she go missing school?… mixed bag, but now that school is back she’s a bit smug about not being stuck in a classroom!
- How would I go towing the trailer?… so far so good… although currently a bit slow due to a wicked cold!
- Etc 😜
Maybe I’ve just been incredibly lucky, but a lesson I have learned time and time again in my life is that when you try something tricky/challenging/seemingly impossible often people appear who help you. This time our friends who live in Amsterdam, Henny and Cor helped us enormously. 😌 We are so completely grateful!
So, this far it’s working out. Amazing! And despite being sick, I’m relaxed and enjoying it.