The Nomadic Family No Longer Nomadic? New Changes Looming Ahead
Do you know what keeps a person alive and really happy? In my little world, it’s being here and now, and there one day, and there where I was, and all the sparks that go off as I zip and spark from here and there. I am all of that at the same time, at every moment, all I was, all I am right now, only right now, and still what I think may be coming. As I become more spiritual and more clear with myself, I recognize how much more I want to be here, here, here, now, now, now. And still, as a world traveler and as a highly-enthusiastic soul who loves to be excited about that next idea and that next place, I keep adding to my bucket list projects I passionately believe in and places I passionately want to experience.
I believe that when you stop having a bucket list, stop having things that you are passionate about in your in box, then you stop wanting to live. I want to live. I have so much to live for. I see us, our thoughts, our lives, our travels, our family in constant flux, which will explain why we may not stay The Nomadic Family as you know us for that much longer, perhaps.
Bucket List Dreams I’ve Told You About
The Nomadic Family No Longer Nomadic?
The kids are talking more and more about Israel and we just can’t ignore that anymore. Even if they are idealizing and remembering life in Israel through the lenses of utopian romantic ever-joy, we do want them to go back to the school we founded, to giggle with their cousins, and play with their friends. We’ve all been dreaming lately of home, me- the kitchen counter and the sunlight filtering in through the mountains to our living room, the kids- parties and playing at friends’ houses, Kobi- Friday night dinners with his siblings and all 20+ cousins. So, we’re thinking about how to creatively create a more-stable, semi-nomadic lifestyle which will give us all of that and still enable us to travel like crazy.
We’re playing with the idea of having the kids in school for 9 months of the year, and spend 3 months of the year, each summer (and a tiny bit into the start of the Israeli school year) visiting a different country such as Amsterdam, where one of Kobi’s best friend lives, or a different city in Europe. We still have not idea where to stay in Amsterdam but have no doubt we’ll manage something cool and creative. So, we may spend an entire summer in the UK, Ireland, or Spain. We want to do an Africa adventure, an Australia RV adventure, and another dip into South America, further South. And while we think we can fit that into three month trips, and maybe one month Passover/Easter breaks each year, we also think we may go home for a year or so, and then hit the road again for a year or two.
It’s a bit terrifying to give this space, the idea of living in a home again. I’m having sweaty, toss-and-turn dreams lately about feeling stuck at home again. There was one in which I kept hiding in the closet of Kobi’s parents house, and he kept coming in there to talk to me, to calm me down, and kiss me (actually we mad out but that is not why you’re reading this, right?). So, I keep freaking out, “Kobi, remember we’re just visiting here for 2 months and then we said we’d hit the road again!” and he keeps telling me how I need to just deal with our new reality. I went back to sleep several times, until I finally got him to remember that we’re meant to visit and then hit the road again. Just like in my Bar Rafaeli dream, I woke up and don’t know what happened.
And then, I remember how much I cried and begged Kobi to postpone “The Big Trip” until we almost gave up on what has become The Nomadic Family. So, whatever will happen and morph and change is meant to. Remember, I can still die tomorrow, or someone can get sick, or something can happen to us physically, financially, mentally, and we’ll change based on whatever turn the Universe sings to us then, so we will change and keep changing every moment, as we are meant to.
When Does The Nomadic Family Change Into The Static Family?
God, I hate the sound of that. Yes, I know we’ll never be static. Even back home, I rearranged all the furniture every two weeks. (Kid you not!) We’ll go back to camping on the Sea of Galilee most weekends and hiking The Israel Trail from the Northern most to the Southern most point of Israel. And now that we’re diving certified, we’ll go scuba diving in Eilat. And there are vacations- tons of them. Lots of Israel to explore, and Europe is super close and tickets are sometimes a joke-cheap. (That does not translate well from Hebrew).
Well, of course we don’t know for sure but we see at least another year of travel before us. We believe we’ll do a few more countries in South East Asia, meet the film crew for that 6-8 week Himalayas Hike and Volunteer Mission (which you will hear tons about very, very, very soon. I promise), and spend at least six months in India, where we may be putting the kids into one amazing ‘open’ school in Goa, India. So, we have a lot of adventuring still to do before we settle down for a year,
And Good Night Beautiful Ones
Now I’m writing to you sitting in the lobby of BackHome Hostel in Malaysia, (cute album) an Islamic nation and country I adore. This is a reality I would have never imagined was possible for me. Last month I was watching my kids play Disney Monopoly at Pillows and Toast Hostel (another FB album) in Singapore, where we had the time of our lives and loved every moment and every relationship. A reality I also never thought was possible for nature-loving, hippie-breathing me in super-competitive, materialistic Singapore.
Also, didn’t imagine we’d live in the jungles of Ecuador with an indigenous tribe, or we’d fall in love with so many than-strangers across the globe, or that I’d lose 28 pounds, or that Kobi and I could stay somehow so in love with each other and these three amazing kids, after being together so much. So, all sorts of surprises still await us, right? No point of being scared of them, resisting them, or wasting too much time doubting them. They will all have their respectful time and place, and in that place too, will be great growth and development.
You know I want your thoughts. Yes, sorry, again the spiritual got louder than the traveler, but it’s all part of sparking me. Thanks for loving me, just like that.
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