Over the last week and half, I’ve really appreciated the opportunity to feel healthy, restored and fresh.
After the first few whirlwind weeks on the road – I won’t make any secret that it’s been a challenge to adapt to a nomadic life. When a three-week trip becomes a three-month adventure, there are a lot of philosophical gymnastics involved in finding a positive approach.
The reason why I’m still on the road is the simple fact that I don’t want to be home right now. I have no desire to be living under a severe lockdown when I can live a ‘relatively’ normal life just over the border. It’s been tough managing some of the guilt attached with that.
After moving through the original plan in the early days with my friend Josh, I’ve had to find a gear that will sustain me for the next month and half.
I think I’ve worked out the right mix – staying connected with people back home, eating nutritious food and keeping fit. The alternative is unsustainable. The idea of being fuelled by hot chips, steaks, beers and pies over the remainder of the journey held no appeal.
As I venture in-land again it’s going to be challenge without the immediate access to all of the healthy options. But that’s why it has been really good to reset and correct course. I’m doing a really good job once again at finding time for what I want to connect with. With my podcast, with reading, with exercise. It’s all about healthy living in Bellingen – and I’ve been happy to call it home for the last few weeks.
When I hit the road on Friday, I’m going to remember Bellingen as a place where I’ve been able to embrace a slower, greener and healthier way of life for the first time in years.
Here are my impressions of Bellingen in this edition of re:location – as told by people who have moved here for many of the above listed reasons :
(Bellingen – August 2020)