Over the years I’ve had people say “it can’t all be sunshine and roses”. They are so right. It isn’t always sunshine and roses when you are Worldschooling and living life on the road. Living a conventional life isn’t alway sunshine and roses either. I don’t think anything would be sunshine and roses after a while. Before long things get to be normal and mundane, even things like living in a tropical country.
I think a persons attitude can greatly affect how much sunshine and roses you see in your life. We all know someone with the personality of Eeyore in the Winnie The Pooh series. The person who is always down and always finds the negative in everything. This person could go to the best party of the year that everyone has been raving about for months since and say it wasn’t that great.
I try to be a very positive person. Even when horrible things are happening to us, I try to find the positive in the situation. This really helps. Many years ago I took an online art journaling course called Soul Restoration. It changed me a lot! One of the activities was to make a time line from your birth until you were 90. Fill in as many details as you can on the timeline. The good, the bad and the ugly. I did this up to my then current age. I filled in my childhood, my parents divorce when I was a teen, my children’s births, my marriage, my divorce etc. Then I looked at the entire timeline and do you know what I saw? I noticed that, my timeline had down points along the way but that it always went back up to positive parts! Even when bad things happened, something good always happened after that! Now I try to remember this when not so great things happen.
There are going to be days when you are on the road when things are not going to be good at all. Hotel bookings didn’t happen for whatever reason, the rental car broke down, the bank machine ate your card and the bank won’t be open for 4 days, you lost your credit card and can’t get a new one for 8 days and have no access to your money during this time. Things like this can and do happen. How you choose to deal with them will make a difference as to how your kids react when they happen.
We’ve had times that were pretty horrible during out traveling life. In 2013, I got Dengue fever. It was awful. I was so sick for months and nothing gave relief. I lost 22 pounds by the time I finally got well. I had no medical insurance, so I went to the public hospital. I was given a bed but no bedding. A shared bathroom and showers between two big rooms full of 16 patients per room and the people caring for them. I had to have a friend stay with me at all times and it had to be a woman. This person was also responsible for going to the pharmacy across the street from the hospital to get any medication I needed and bags of fluid for my IV. They also went to the cafeteria to buy me food and beg me to eat it (I wasn’t eating because I was so sick with vomiting and fever). Other friends and neighbors cared for my kids at home. They did our laundry and helped clean my house. When I was released from the hospital, I was still weak for a long time. My friends and neighbors in our little barrio cared for my family.
Instead of dwelling on the fact that I was sick in a developing country, I chose to dwell on how wonderful my friends and neighbors were to us. Our little community in that poor barrio really pulled together and took care of us.
Even when there’s rain, it doesn’t last forever and eventually a rainbow comes out and shows it’s beauty.