Paying It Forward

We’ve had additional teens here on Croft 3 for the last 3 weeks. First some friends of Davies and Scarlett staying for a few nights over the Games weekend, followed by the son of some Home Educating friends from Sussex. He came last year during one of our volunteer events and got involved in our path building project. This year he came for a whole two weeks armed with a list of things he wanted to do, see, experience and encounter. I think he ticked them all off including sighting both golden and white tailed sea eagles, visiting the three other Small Isles, scaling the highest peak on Rum, visiting various places on the island and spending a night in one of the mountain bothies here. It’s not the first time we’ve hosted an intrepid young adult starting to spread their wings, searching for new experiences outside of the realm of their normal world. Infact it is not the first time we have hosted people of other ages doing the same. I know from reading back in our WWOOFing book, from conversations with the film crew here for 10 days during the Fogle show or even from chatting to visiting family and friends that spending time here has been a life changing experience.

We are now six years on from our own life changing adventure. Not our first – I’d cite parenthood, home education, moving from Sussex to Manchester, moving back there again, heading off WWOOFing, moving to Rum, saying yes to being filmed for national TV, deciding to head back to Mainlandland for a winter as just the first handful of life changing choices that spring to mind – but the one that started this blog. Every one of those life changing adventures was certainly down to our own (well okay, I admit it, mostly MY own) crazy notions and making them happen. But the biggest part of every one of them was other people. Other people being generous and giving – with their time, their hospitality, their knowledge, their wisdom, their experience, their patience, their company. None of the paths we have trodden would have been at all possible without people bring prepared to teach, share, encourage and support us. Daily we continue to grow, learn and move forward thanks to other people – whether it is reading books or online writing, listening to podcasts, watching you tube videos, reading the information that people post on forums online or asking questions and observing those around us.

There are many ways to pay back the help and support we have been shown. When we were WWOOFing we offered our willing hands, I support various bloggers and youtubers and podcasters via the Patreon website (including an alternative education blogger, a couple of ukulele teachers, podcasters who entertain, enlighten and educate me), we share and recommend to others. But perhaps more importantly we also pay it forward. We try really hard to share our resources to inspire or support others to chase their dreams, explore new ideas or have adventures and experiences. I love the idea that the generosity shown to us is carrying on flowing, through us and being passed on again.

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