• Magda Nogas

The adjustment, not always an easy thing.

my people at the green river Utah, dry coming.

When it comes to any changes in our lives, it takes some sort of adjustments big or small. Living on the road takes a lot of adjusting.

From conscious water usage ( most of us take water for granted), small shower space, to constant change, lack of privacy and being with your family 24/7.

All of the above can certainly teach you a lesson. But adjustment to all of the "new" can be at times difficult and challenging.

Being independent woman that I am and always enjoying my freedom to go/do whatever-whenever I want, being in such small space with my family members has been one of the biggest adjustments for me. Don't get me wrong I love them, and so many people wish they had more time to spend with their families but Im sure you can agree personal space is necessary to a healthy family relationships if its your kid or you signifiant other.

Finding that space to do what each of us wants can be challenging at times but it doesn't mean it can't be done. Adding a toddler to that can be an extra challenge, sometimes overwhelming or simply impossible. Its all about compromise, you can't always have what you want at the given time.

So how do we adjust? Well we simply do. We take turns with Luna. For example Flori likes fishing or exploring nearby woods.

Sequoia with the big guy in the background.

When its my turn to relax and have 'me' time he would take her with him while I have peace and quiet to catch up on whatever I can't do with a wild toddler that constantly wants my attention. I find even grocery shopping alone brings me peace these days (hahaha).

Another adjustment that took a tall on me is not having my friends and family near by. I can't just get in my car and meet my friend for a beer, or go visit my mom. FaceTime and calls have to do, I still miss them dearly but its not forever. Being constantly on the move, makes it hard to make acquaintances, yes we meet people but very rarely it goes any-further then a polite conversation.

Another adjustment that was pretty hard especially on Luna was lack of interaction with kids her age. Whenever we are not expliring remote mountains or woods we try to find cool playground and set up picnic near by so she can have a chance to interact and make friends. Ahh, she gets so excited when she meets new friends. She even shares her precious stuffed animal (unicorn) that she got from her favorite uncle! By the way how do you clean ( ? Because that guy can use a deep cycle, but I'm afraid it will fall apart, and that would make her devastated!

Our previous life-style would fall into this mundane routine that most of us tend to complain about. We would count days to the weekends where we could go out and explore and get away from the day to day life. I do like schedule, I like being busy and very rarely I would just sit and do nothing. Once we hit the road, everything slowed down and man I didn't know what to do with myself and the free time. Unknown anxiety would creep in, and the need to be doing something, and not being able to accept the fact that doing nothing is quiet okay and necessary sometimes. Because you see like many others I would dream of having that ability to do nothing, to chill, absorb the surroundings and sink with it all. But once I had it I didn't know how to handle it.

We always want what we don't have, and once we do have it we have to learn how to enjoy it.

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