Matt and I have been planning this trip, literally, for years.
Three years after we decided to go, we told our families.
Eighteen months ago, when we could say we’re going ‘next year’ – we starting putting it out there. The girls started telling their friends and we started talking about it as fact. “When we go ….” One of the most interesting things has been people’s reactions. Many think we’re mad, some can’t think of anything they would want to do less! Some hone straight in on one element – home schooling, the money, the gear – maybe because the journey as a whole is too big to contemplate. We have been called crazy, naive, radical, ambitious. We have also had the most wonderful and heartfelt support from so many! So much excitement from friends and strangers who hear about the trip and can imagine what the girls will learn and experience and what we, as a family, will take from it.
I have learnt not to take offence at the nay-sayers. They don’t make me doubt our plan like they did 12 months ago. I know that many of those reactions come from people’s own fears, and they are not personal. I do take strength from all the excitement and encouragement we get from so many others and hope that, through this blog, we can share the journey in some small way with those who have been so supportive. Maybe we can take some of the impossibility out of an undertaking like this too, for anyone who can can’t see how it could be done.
The fact is that I think we have to be a little bit crazy and a little bit naive to do what we’re going to do. But I’m OK with that.