creating Europe family vanlife

Taking it slow together

October 26, 2020

When all’s said and done living together in a small space will only work if you both practice acceptance – of the self, and each other. You need to grow a deeper awareness of your own faults, and perhaps less of an awareness of your partner’s ?. These days, arguments are short, sometimes sharp, always forgotten quickly. We’ve learned to move in synch, although this does mean that we manage #accidentalcouplewear more often than we’d like to admit.
A old African proverb has been resurfacing in my mind a lot lately: if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. I love the withholding of judgement in this proverb, and the statement that there is a choice.
Our world feels so fast these days, everybody rushing around trying to make it right. It’s dizzying, vertiginous, so that stepping out of the van can feel like tumbling into river-rapids.
When I’m sitting comfortably in our relationship I feel held and safe and can create with my heart, away from the anxiety and head-spinning. Now I am learning to root into a confidence that I’ll get where I want to go with it all in its own time, I don’t need to let other’s pace dictate my own; I can write the words my heart tells me are true. (Photo taken in Croatia May 2019). #vanlife #coupleswhotravel #middleyears #alternativeliving

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