Tales of a Female Nomad: Be Inspired to Live a Life Less Ordinary
In 2002, I was a young student when I came across Tales of a Female Nomad at my university bookstore. I had no idea that buying this book would change my life.
This book is Rita Golden Gelman's personal story. Facing divorce at the age of forty eight, she leaves behind her comfortable life in Los Angeles to live life as a nomad, embarking on a solo trip with no end date, learning and embracing new cultures along the way.
Rita's writing showcases stories of cultures from around the world. However, the true power of this book is Rita's story, her personal journey, and the courage she shows by taking a risk and doing something different from what is expected. This is what changed my life.
As a young college student, I thought I knew what my future would hold; a career, a big home with a big mortgage, a nice car, a long commute. Growing up in America, it was the life I knew and expected. I had no other role models.
Rita showed me another way of life is possible. She opened my eyes to a different way of living, a life that prioritised relationships and experiences over possessions. Her stories invited me to take a chance, to try something new knowing I'd be scared and I might not succeed, but it might just change my life.
So I took her advice. Shortly after reading this book I decided to travel to London on a six month student working program.
A decade on and Rita's story continues to inspire me. I never went home again after London, instead I continued travelling around the world. I've taught English in China, lived in a caravan in New Zealand, studied Spanish in Guatemala and finally settled in Australia. I'm not as nomadic as Rita, but I live a simple life rich in experiences and relationships.
We all need role models that inspire us to live well and make the most of our lives. Rita is one of mine and thanks to her I have a different vision, a higher belief, of what is possible in my life. I highly recommend this book to inspire you to live your dreams, or it makes a great gift for someone you would like to inspire.