What I Learned - Writing on the Road by Sue Reid Sexton
My awesome little sister bought me a copy of this lovely book for Christmas, and I have since bought 2 other copies to distribute to people I knew would love it - one of whom is now in the process of buying her own old rust bucket!
What I Learned:
Push your limits, always - the only person standing in your way is you! Go out and smash it!
So relatable...I don't quite live in the big city of Glasgow, in fact where I live you can often find other people out on Campervan adventures parked in the park, or the Glen, or the woods. I am very lucky. But I love nothing more than finding a quiet deserted spot in the wilds far from home (all the better if there is no mobile phone signal) where I just feel instantly at peace.
Absolute fact...campervanning is the quickest lesson you will ever have in "winging it"!
Try hard not to strive to be like everyone else. Be you. Only you can be you, and, I'll let you into a wee secret...you are awesome!
This made me laugh so hard! My old rust bucket of a van brings me so much joy, but boy is hard sometimes when the window cable snaps in the pouring rain and the window falls into the door, or you are in the middle of nowhere and the lights just decide to give up (both, at once), or you are in the sticks about to leave for home to get your child to school the next day and whacking the starter motor with a hammer while someone else is turning the key all the while conscious of how late its getting and how little traffic there is going to be on the road - only a problem if you are driving down the A9 with its notorious average speed cameras and no speedo and no one else around to judge how fast you are driving...all great fun!!
My campervan is always worth it - yet to find a man I adore quite so much!
Had to include this beautiful poem - it just spoke to me!
My peaceful little bubble is my van! Always. In fact one of the greatest feelings in the world is being in there with a cup of tea, wrapped in a blanket, reading, and listening to the wind and rain battering off the outside. Pure contentment.
"this too, shall pass."
Hard to remember in the darkness, but utterly true.
This might be one of the best quotes I have ever read. It's our stories that make us human. I was lucky enough to spend some time with some First Nations people from Canada and every day they fascinated me with their stories. Stories are everything. Be sure to pass yours on - the future generations will thank you for it. (As I read this back I am also thinking of my Uncle Tom - one of the greatest story tellers I have ever known, and how much we miss him.)
Just a useful nugget to know really!
You never know when you're little bit of courage is all that's needed in the world.
This is all too easy - surround yourself with people who will lift you out of this whirlwind, not make it twirl faster.
This again makes me laugh - buying my campervan as a poor, single parent was an act of utter insanity really, and even as we speak she is at the garage awaiting a financial miracle to get her roadworthy. But I love her. And won't give up on her or the amazing adventures she brings me and my daughter. My daughter will go to her wedding in our VW one day, I am sure of it!
Just 5 minutes peace away from the hectic world.
Full immersion. Always. Life is too short not to squeeze every last incredible moment out of everything that you are doing. And who knows what you will learn along the way!
This book is now on my wish list - what a gorgeous little nugget of wisdom.
If I've learned anything about life it's this. Someone said something to me the other day about the amount of curve balls life throws at me, to which I responded that I often feel like I am permanently playing dodgy ball with the curve balls - and it would be nice if they were throwing them at full pelt at my head killer frisbee style! But do you know what, I am here, I am luckier than a lot, and I always come out of the other side, often a little bit more battered and bruised, but ultimately in one piece and usually with a hell of a story to tell. That's what makes me me I guess.
My GoodReads Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a fantastically gorgeous book - I got his for Christmas from my lovely wee sister (I think because I'm the owner of an old, falling apart VW campervan and go on lots of adventures on the West Coast of Scotland - and this book did not disappoint! It was so down to earth and funny, and the literary descriptions of some of my favourite places on the planet was pitch perfect. Buy this book if you are either thinking of writing a book, thinking of buying an old camper and need a reality check of some of the challenges or you are an adventure curious about some of Scotland's wee hidden gems. I really really really hope I end up in a lay-by next to Sue one of these days!
Just a brilliant read!
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