Is this all there is?

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Jaclyn and Heidi think people are too happy
It's all just too easy!

Dear Jaclyn and Heidi,
I’ve worked hard all my life and have got a great set-up for travelling indefinitely around Australia but I’m finding life is suddenly too easy! I actually enjoyed our first six months on the road the best as there were little things that need fixing and our lifestyle on the road needed tweaking. It’s been 18 months now and I think we’ve pretty much got it down to a fine art. We know where we want to go, and we know what we have to do to set up, and then it’s campchairs out, and … well, nothing. My wife Jan and I have a chat, we read, we do crosswords, we see the sights, take a bushwalk and  occasionally  have a social  with fellow campers. Great … but can I really do this for the next 20 years? I’m 62. Am I acting like I’m past it before I am?

Is this all there is? I would say that it is hard to adjust from a busy working lifestyle to the different pace of life on the road, and you are just experiencing teething troubles, Pat. However, after 18 months, there’s probably more to it than that. You say you have got the grey nomad lifestyle down to a fine art but, if you are not happy, then you clearly haven’t. I would sit down and have a good chat with Jan. Perhaps you need to further tweak the way  you travel to encompass more of the activities that you have enjoyed while travelling.  And, if you can’t think of any, you should re-assess what you are doing and why. In that circumstance, it might be time to consider pursuing something other than the Big Lap that might bring you greater satisfaction. Travelling Australia should be a joy, not a duty.

Life on the road is what you make it, Pat. If you want to relax and take it easy, then you can do it. If you want to take up bushwalking, or birdwatching, you can do it. And if you want to volunteer at any number of community projects around the country, or help out at stations and farms that are doing it tough, then you can do that too. Or you can find a short-term job at places where you choose to stop for a while, or you can write a book, or learn about Ancient Greece, or learn to ride a unicycle. If you are acting like you are ‘past it’  and you aren’t, then it is no-one’s fault but your own, and to say it is because you have chosen to become a grey nomad is utter rubbish.  Take a look in the mirror,  Pat.



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