Travelling light

I am in the process of packing up my house (again – the third time in two years) and it’s occurred to me that all this stuff is dead weight.

I would love to run off in a vintage caravan, especially if I looked this cute

I love my artworks, vintage glassware, books and collection of hand woven and embroidered tablecloths but I don’t need any of it. The thought of moving it makes me feel exhausted.

I was brought up to believe in three bedroom ownership; the security of brick and tile. The older I get, the more I realise that security is an illusion. Home is where you feel at peace, where you can rest, where you are loved. It has nothing to do with owning things, and certainly not expensive things like houses that keep you rooted to one spot.

Have you ever wondered why so many retirees can’t wait to pack up and drive into the sunset? Is this wanderlust and desire to shed belongings a fundamentally human urge that we repress in our earlier years?

I got a postcard from my mum yesterday. She is camping in the Daintree and she sounds positively giddy with pleasure. It’s warm up there, she’s going for bushwalks on the Bloomfield Track and meeting up with old friends she’s collected on her travels. She’s a pro at living in campertrailers, fishing and exploring wilderness. I envy her freedom.

If you’ve ever wanted to leave a trail of red dust and white sand (rather than paying off a mega mortgage), check out this site where you can buy new and used caravans and campertrailers: Australia motorhome classifieds. And while you’re there, get me one too!



4 comments on “Travelling light

  1. But if you watch ‘My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’ they spend a lot of time decorating the caravan with trinkets. Where do you go when the camper trailer is full of ‘location stubbie holders’ and collectible spoons? Just sayin…..

  2. I hear you, Em. I’m having last moments with the things I love (but don’t need) in my house too… There’s a “little death” in losing things, but I sure do feel lighter. I guess when we move house it’s about the only time we get to see all our “stuff” in one place and gosh it looks like there’s a lot of it. Back to packing now…

  3. Hi from a long time ago, Em. We just saw an odd play on-off-Broadway about that very theme. They called the caravan (oddly enough, it seemed to me) ‘Priscilla’. Seems to me I saw a movie about the same topic some extra long time ago and it had a lot of ABBA in it.


  4. Having ‘lost’ a lot of possessions in a separation I’ve been thinking about ownership of things for a while now. There is so much that we really can just do without. And more than that we are actually better off without some things. The weight of our possessions can build up and up and it makes living harder.

    There needs to be a balance though. I love having a functional kitchen for example.

    There is a ‘Tiny House’ movement – see http://tinyhouseblog.com/ – Some of these are on wheels. Hopefully some time in my life I can see if it works for me!

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