2020 – The Year Of Plans, And No Plans
Welcome all to the new decade! I trust your New Year’s Eve was pleasant no matter where you passed it.
Thanks to the miracle of the internet I was able to follow my friends all around the world including old buddies in Asia, RVers in the SW desert and Florida (wish I could have been there!), ex-school friends and more. And of course we had our own little celebration here in SW France. Just a very simple, chillax evening with our French neighbors. The perfect night.
And thus we enter the 2020’s…..Where We Have No Plans?
So what are we doing this big year, the year of the new decade, the year of the 20’s?
Well this is the first year in a long, long time that we actually have no firm travel plans in place. Nothing at all. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say we have lots of plans, ALL of which are on hold at the moment, like a hammock swaying in the wind.
It’s a bit destabilizing to be honest, but it’s just where we’re currently hanging.
Sometimes you drive life forward by your own means, your hands on the wheel, peddle-to-the-metal in full control of the ride. And other times life takes the wheel away from you and leads of its own accord, and you simply have to hang on and ride the wave to wherever it goes. Fate or random chance? Either way, the cycle is undeniable and inescapable.
As Usual, It’s All About the Paws
Our main thing right now is focusing on our pets, particularly our ageing cats. I’ve written about them before, so none of this is new for those of you who read the blog regularly. But it has changed our travel plans this year, particularly in the RV.
Rand is still doing perfectly fine, but Taggart (as you know) is struggling. She is still happy, interacting, sunning herself, walking daily in the garden, cuddling at night and eating like a champ all day. Honestly she’s doing really well for her age and kidney issues. But she does need a lot of support, and she is quite fragile.
I fear her RVing days are behind her. Which means of course, that our RV plans on hold too.
Our cats have given us 18 years of their life thus far, flying happily with us across continents (USA, Asia, and Europe) driving through the US & Europe with us on wheels and basically putting up with whatever travel-crazy idea we had at the time. They are adventure cats, true feline pioneers who have gazed over the rooftops of Hong Kong, hiked the Sierras, frolicked in desert sands, and walked in the ancients forests of France.
But now they are in their golden years and prefer resting over traveling. They are happy in their daily routine here in the countryside, and they love the peace and nature, especially Taggart. So, the least we can do for her after all her years with us, is give her that.
So What’s The Plan, Stan?
Here’s the crux of it.
We actually had GRAND plans this year, including a winter RV trip to southern Spain, followed by a huge summer RV trip to Scandinavia (where we were planning at least 3 months to explore it all). Plus we had additional side-trips planned for later in the year. I was super excited, especially about the Scandinavia trip which has been a bucket list item for me for many, many years.
But the way Taggart’s health is right now, we don’t feel we can put her through all that. Even a 2-week RV trip to Spain seems like it would be too much at the moment, especially with all the driving. She might surprise us and do a big turn-around (pets sometimes do), but in my heart-of-hearts I don’t think she’ll be traveling with us that way again.
It’s also possible we’ll find alternatives. Maybe we can rent a flat somewhere for a time, or travel by some other means (one at a time, short trips?). We’re mulling it over, but the truth is we simply don’t know right now….
And of course, there’s no way we would ever leave the cats in any kind of kennel or alternate care. We are here for them as their family, until the very end. That’s what we committed to when we adopted them, and we’re not going to abandon that commitment just because it’s easier or impinges on our current travel plans.
So that is where we are at. We’re basically in stasis….taking it day-by-day and week-by-week, doing what we can and giving our love until the Universe decides otherwise for us.
And The Blog?
I have to admit all this stasis stuff also has me struggling a bit with the blog.
I’m not a stationary gal by nature, nor am I really someone who writes just for the sake of writing. For the past decade I’ve been a story teller, with our travels as my inspiration. Words not only flow by themselves when I’m on the road, they practically burst to come out, demanding to be written down and shared. The same with my photography. I feel a deep need to capture the beauty that’s out there when I see it. A force stronger than me.
But when I’m stationary that inner dialogue quiets, like a boiling cauldron that settles to simmer. It’s unsettling, destabilizing even and it becomes difficult to write and photograph. Some of it is undoubtedly just habit and what I’ve gotten used to. It’s easy to write when you’ve got plenty of material right in front of you everyday. Some of it is within me. When travel slows, my mind does too. You could say that I’m my very own personal flibberty-gibbet.
So, as Taggart transitions so perhaps will I. Maybe it’s all fated, part of the cosmic plan and what I need to learn to move forward to whatever is next. Either way, I’ll work on it and when I know, you’ll know. I just need the Universe to show me the way…SPONSORED LINK:
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