Hmmm, sadly this one word describes my current state of mind. We’ve been back for about 10 weeks, and have sorted out a fair few things: we’ve rented a house and moved in (emptying a HUGE amount of stuff from our house attic, which stayed rented out), sorted out small company’s accounts out, both got temporary work contracts (Ju starts Monday, although she’s got the man flu at the moment which isn’t helping her nerves), un-mothballed our Smart car, met up with friends and family and sold a fair bit of excess stuff (loads left to go).
At least on a practical level things are getting sorted. Something remains missing. A focus, maybe? My mindset is purely on making money, in order to be able to buy more time when I don’t have to work. Am I lazy? I guess so, although I’d like to think of it more as wanting the freedom to do new things, to see new things. So I’m not entirely listless – I’ve got drive in my work, wanting to get the hours done and to achieve something in those hours. Once I’ve done my contracted 8 hours a day though, I’m finding my drive lacking. We remain TV-less, so I’m at least not just starting at the box, I do at least get some reading done, although to be honest it’s mainly of the BBC News variety.
Our good friend Chris has an approach to life based on goals, and this approach has made him both very successful and very positive. He’s introduced us to this great opportunity, which has given him an incredible lifestyle, which Ju’s pushing on with and finds rewarding, financially and otherwise. I should pull my finger out and get on board with her too, apart from the fact it would give us a load of passive income (which meets my ‘get the money’ goal), it may also help shift me from general outside-of-work lethargy?
I also need to get started on writing the first draft of book of our travels. And learning to paraglide. And washing the car (the poor Smart’s taking a hammering on the UK’s jam-packed, angry lorry-filled motorways). And learning more foreign languages (which one first I wonder – Italian?). And generally not acting like an old, bored git when I’m only 41…!
We did manage to get a Skype video call going with Paul and Rose this morning. Great to see those guys, and weird too. While we’re all wrapped up on a Saturday morning, they’re sat in vests, dark outside, sweating under a ceiling fan, supping a chilled beer. You guessed it, they’re down under, in Darwin. It’s roasting down there at the moment – hovering around 30°C. After travelling Europe by motorhome for nearly 3 years, they headed back to Australia about the same time we came back here. Rose is busy (madly busy) getting a new branch of Malaysian Airlines off the ground (ahem) and Paul’s busy playing with his new 4×4 – in the middle of nowhere – and checking out a boat to cruise about the sea on, fishing and chilling out. Have a look at Darwin on Google Maps. It’s quite incredible. A population of about 130,000 people in the city – which compares to 825,000 for Nottingham and the surrounding urban area. It’s tiny. And look at what’s around it. Found anything? Nope – it’s nigh-on empty for 1000 miles in any direction. Easy to find the yourself in the middle of nowhere out there. Just amazing. Add that to my list: drive around Australia (like these guys).
We were all set to go visit Mike and Jacqui this evening too, who we first met in Greece, at a baking hot, pure blue-sea’d southern extremity of Europe. After meeting them again in the opulence of the Black Forest, and again on our sad last night just before embarking on a ferry home, we’ve not seen them since we got back. They’re not far away from us though, so we’ll get over one work night, and catch up to hear about their re-entry experiences! Work night, get me, we’re both officially employed, can you believe it?
Right, better go. I’ve got some serious feeling sorry for myself to do! One thing I have managed to do though, almost (still got about 300 posts left to do), is add small maps to the start of each blog post so folks can get a better idea where we were when we wrote them (like this one, outside Venice). Where Google have enabled Streetview, you can zoom right on in there and have a look around. It’s a lotta fun, good reminiscing for me, but gives anyone thinking about a motorhome trip a fabulous insight into the kinds of places you can stay.