Thursday, September 6, 2012

Learning to slow down

Sept 5
Day two on the road and I'm aware of my inability to slow down and take my time. I decided to take the scenic highway #1 down the coast of Maine. It is taking me through quaint small town after quaint small town and after a while they all look the same.  I drive past antique stores and don't stop. I drive by art galleries and keep going. I did stop in Camden to get a coffee and thought I would take a little stroll only to change my mind in five minutes, returning to the drive. I made a goal of getting to a place I found where there is free camping so I can rest for a couple of days and take time to absorb my new lifestyle. Ironically I was rushing to get there to relax. So, I took a left hand turn to a campground and decided to pay for a night. No more rushing.

Home for the night
 Now I sit on a lake with my doors open watching ducks and dragonflies whiz past me and feel like I made the right choice. For weeks now I have been rushing. Rushing to get out of my apartment. Rushing to get to the border. Rushing to get to free camping. I think it`s going to take a while to settle into my new home and the idea that I don`t have to be anywhere at any particular time.

View from the van         

 I spent the evening sitting on my own private dock watching the sunset and drinking the last two beer I had left over from my weekend in Truro.

Making breakfast

My first home made meal

I hope now, as I sit in a cafe in Portland, Maine, that I can learn to take my time.

I am living my dream and the realities of it are less romantic than I pictured but I am sure as time goes on I will get into the groove of things. I remain fortune for having this opportunity and will not take it for granted.


  1. I wonder what is the value of the 'time sensitive schedule'? Does it provide anything positive? Does it matter what kind of person you are? Just wanted to get some convo happening while you're living that which others crave. Are we so removed from our natural way of life that we rely upon the schedule to direct thought in our lives? Myself, I don't know. I don't know that I've ever really thought about why it makes me comfortable and uneasy all at the same time. I crave routine but despise it simultaneously. I accept the blueprint of my life which gives me a comfortable place from which to thrive. But that is me - would love to hear the opinions of other blog followers... xox Ange.

  2. It is an interesting thing, trying to get away from a schedule. Every morning I wake up, make coffee and then look at the map to see where I want to go. I have no schedule but I still need a vague plan. I have been fighting with the urge to look at the time. I went to sleep last night knowing it was dark and woke up today and could hear from the songs of the crickets that it was super early. I fugure that's all I need to know. I will eat when hungry and sleep when tired. I don't need a clock to tell me or a schedule to time food breaks. I've never been good with routine myself.

  3. You don't know me, Gail MacInnes, but I am a friend of Leah's and Rod . I am finding your adventure most interesting and looking forward to the next chapter.
    Take care and be safe.
    Regards ,Gail

  4. I think you hit the nail on the head there when you talk about our natural instincts (for food and sleep etc.) being what should drive us, rather than the clock. Very interesting... :0)