That’s what I would say to you.
It’s hard because when I was considering Worldschooling, I wanted someone to say, do step one, do step two, do this, and do that. I wanted a nice, pretty little, guided plan to follow, but now that I’m on the other side of it, I know you can’t do that, everybody’s life is different. No one’s going to be able to specifically help you with the particular things that you need help with unless you get a coach.
So just do it. I guess what I did, I made a list of all the things that I was fearful of and became either unfearful of them, or I became a bit more realistic with my fear. I thought, where would I like to go? How much would it cost? What do other families spend? Write down all your questions, and then answer your questions. So how much will it cost us? Then go and look, go and talk to Worldschooling families, go into the Facebook groups, use the Worldschooling Central website. Find out the answer to those questions. Once you’ve answered all those questions, and you only need to answer one question a week, or one question a day, do it in a way that works for you. Then when you’ve answered all of those questions, you’ll be able to look at it and say, okay, well, these are all the questions I had, these are the things I was fearful of, and here are the answers for everything, and then if you need to go back through and work through them again. Then you will think okay, so it is something we can afford. I was worried about this; now I’m not.
Then once you’ve got that done, pick a date. We were pushed, we chose a date four months away. We didn’t really have much choice once Matt said to his boss, I’m not coming to work from this date, and we told our landlord we’re leaving, you don’t really have too many choices, and you just have to do it.
So that’s where I think that “just do it” comes from, gets your ducks in a row, ask all these questions, feel confident about it, decide where you want to go, decide on your budget, all those kind of things. Those are things that you can do without actually making a plan. You could just say, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could do this? And make this plan. If you’re in that headspace, you could do that, but you might think, well, we couldn’t do that, but if we did it this way, this is how we could do it. The more that you do the little things, the more realistic it’ll become for you because you realize that it actually is achievable.
Talk to the families doing this, that’s been the biggest help for me is talking to other people. I am a normal person. I went to university, and dropped out because I didn’t like it. Ella was born when I was 23; I’ve been with Matt sinc’e I was 18. Matt’s a builder. He’s as big a Kiwi as you can get, he likes barbecues and beers, and rugby. We’re just normal people; we’re young, I’m 28, Matts 29 we don’t have tons of money behind us. We’re literally just a couple who wanted this, and so, we figured out how we could make it work, and that’s just what you do.
If you want to do it, you’ll hit a point where eventually you want it enough that you will do it, and if you’re letting things stop you, and you’re not working through them, then maybe you’re just not ready yet. Perhaps it’s not the time for you, and you just need to wait a little longer, learn a bit more, do short Worldschooling trips, go on trips for a month, and see if you like it. If you don’t want to travel yet and you want to ease yourself into it, just start Worldschooling without the travel, just do that, let your kids pick a topic, and ask them what they like about it and start learning more about that.