Pulling into the Scotts Head car park to check the afternoon surf, the first thing we saw wasn’t the waves surging in after last nights storm but a white 81 beauty complete with slanted windows and 3 very brown boys.
I had to say hello. Although they were parked up in a quiet caravan park I could tell the bus was home.
Aaron and Kylie have been living between Australia and Canada for the last 6 years, storing all their possessions in a container while away. They bought their bus about 2 years ago with plans to do some Aussie travel but 6 m onths ago fate had its own plans – everything they owned was stolen from storage. Returning to nothing but their faithful retired school bus, the decision was made to jump aboard and see where they landed.
They didn’t go far before finding their idea of paradise.
“It feels like we are on permanent holiday” says Kylie as she swipes another load of sand from the chair before plonking beside 3 salty boys.
I reckon you can tell what’s important and most used by people who live on buses from what sits on the front dash. For the Carmody’s its surf wax and chandeliers.
Aaron and Kylie’s change of lifestyle was forced upon them in a way but from talking with them for the afternoon its pretty obvious it suits them just fine. Kylie explains how she used to be attached to so many things, little treasures and art pieces for the home, how they looked and what they owned but now she has come to accept and appreciate the minimalistic life.
“you can’t fit much on a bus and there is definitely less cleaning, clothes and shoes to worry about”.
All three boys had something to say about their bus life, especially the youngest but all three agreed it s just amazing. Kylie keeps them pretty entertained with games and beach walks and they attend the local primary school.
Beau (4) – into body art, makeup drawing and dancing.
Asher (8) – into “nothing” then smiles a lot and states art and writing.
Jye (11) – into biking, surfing and soccer.
The idea of freedom seems to be easier than living it for many. So many times we are told…….aaaahhh your livin the dream….but its no dream and its very doable. You just have to be willing to trust and let go of most things you think bring about happiness…..shoes, vases, cupboards of clothes, massive TVs and THINGS.
Serioulsy just look around and see what you can live without and sell it, donate it, make a difference in someone elses life.
Attachment to THINGS is what holds many people back but when you create space in your life and your body for love, freedom, creativity and happiness…then it all flows.
The Carmody bus is simple and set up for caravan camp grounds. It’s a great example for people who still want main stream schooling while getting the most out of life and the surf.
I asked Aaron my favourite question….what is freedom?
“Roaming free. To be able to do whatever you want…when you want.”
“Freedom is what we are doing now”
Kylie blushed and was quiet for a while then finally answered, “Oh my gosh, do people have a hard time answering this?”
“I guess options. Not being tied down. Having the choice to move.”
The lack of space (or your own room says Jye) and privacy definitely outweigh all the positives for this close-knit family.
The Carmodys are about to pack up and head to families over the busy Christmas holidays but I am sure you’ll see them back at Scotts Head next year.