Living spontaneously

I am the antithesis of prepared.

I am the person who books an International flight and manically hunts for my passport on the morning of departure.

I am the person who travels through South America for a year without reading the Lonely Planet guide that’s in my backpack.

I am the person who tows a 1960s caravan to the Red Centre of Australia with three kids and no spare tyre (and no fly net hat).

So my partner wasn’t surprised last weekend when I decided to take the kids on an impromptu road trip while he worked.

He needed the car and my in-laws were staying in our Airstream, but that wasn’t going to stop me.

Luckily the Gods always seem to indulge my crazy whims.

A cheap hire car and a friend with a spare bell tent later, and I was off to join in an Airstream Rally on the Mornington Peninsula.

Perhaps to my detriment I have no five year-plan. I live my life day-to-day.

I value words like spontaneous, serendipitous, flexible, go-with-the-flow.

The only things I haven’t done on a whim are get married or get a tattoo.

(As a result I am still not married and I don’t have a tattoo.)

Motherhood for me was definitely unplanned. And to my horror, my children all thrive on routine.

While spontaneity feels more like masochism these days, I still try my best to break the mold.

Whingeing kids and a wrong turn almost made me give up and head home last weekend.

But although prepared isn’t part of my vocabulary, perseverance definitely is.

Thanks to my gorgeous fellow Airstreamer, Jessie from Happy Glamper, for the amazing bell tent. And the coffee!

This post was originally written for Common Threads – a collaborative photoblog.

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris says:

    So so nice to hear from you and see you are having good time ! Kisses to the kids and Remi .. hope to see you soon
    Chris & Flo

  2. I love the Instagrams…and really like this post!! You are such an amazing gal! Great photos- you always capture the joy and spirit all around-

  3. Rob Wilmot says:

    Lovely words and photos Sonia, good on you.

    1. Thanks Rob. One day soon we will take a spontaneous road trip to come and visit you. x

  4. I loved this post Sonia! We are complete opposites as I am such a planner, but I am really, really, really trying for some more spontaneity! You look like you had a great weekend away and that Bell tent is awesome!!

  5. I have no 5 year plan either, spontaneous is my way. I have never seen that type of tent, I really like it! 🙂

  6. Being spontaneous makes me nervous. I read EVERY manual, start packing a week before a trip, and make a detailed itinerary!

    1. I wish I could be like that! But alas I am just disorganised so I have embraced it.

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