I was writing a part of our Travel Ebook: How to create a travel life you love the other night about our 5-month camping trip through Africa when a thought raced through my mind.
“No wonder I don’t really like having many possessions.”
I pictured myself crawling in and out of that tent for 200 nights. Our home was just a small domed, two-man tent.
I loved crawling out into the open spaces of my living area: gardens to walk through, oceans to swim in, sand dunes to climb. Total freedom. It’s what I’m most lusting over now in preparation for our upcoming trip.
Heaven to me is sleeping out of a tent and having a patch of dirt or a tree stump for a seat. I’m convinced that all my struggles will melt way when I return to the earth.
I also thought about our bags sitting in the tent all day long as we roamed and explored nearby villages, deep lakes, and savannahs.
Not one thing was ever taken. It would have been so easy to do.
No wonder I am so trusting. Five months in Africa in a tent and not one bad thing happened.
I annoy Craig when I don’t lock the car door or the house.
He annoys me when he locks the car when I’m sitting 5 feet away from it.
“Why’d you lock it for? I’m right here, now one is going to take it. “ I feel like locking things is taking away a piece of my freedom. It’s saying, I don’t trust and believe in a bad world.
I slept in a tent for five months in Africa and no one unzipped my door to come get me.
It’s why, when people ask if I’m worried about putting our children on the internet, I say I haven’t thought much about it, or not really. I’m not afraid of people. Five months in a tent through Africa and catching only public transport, and not one problem. We met only decent, kind, helpful people.
15 years of world travel and no problems.
I don’t fear people, I don’t fear bad things. I tend to think my daughters now have a community of people who know them and are looking out for them.
I like that better.
Is it stupid to not be so protective? It depends. I guess it is one value over another.
Freedom vs. security Trust vs. fear
Freedom vs. security
Trust vs. fear
It’s not right or wrong, it just is. I’d rather take the chance and not have my freedom or trust taken from me. That’s something I have control over.
Has travel helped you to trust more?
Do you love having the earth and surrounding landscape as your backyard?