We’re coming up on Thanksgiving already and I can tell you, I have a lot to be thankful for! My life is so rich and full and I really have everything that I want.
When we started this RV adventure, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel after a year. While most people applauded my decision, a few frantically tried to talk me out of it. I could tell by the scrunched-up look on their faces, that I must have sounded a little crazy to sell 90% of my possessions, leave my 2,500 square foot home of 20 plus years, and move into a recreational vehicle.
When I first heard of living in an RV, I thought of the old Saturday Night Live sketch about the motivational speaker who lived in a van down by the river…not the most pleasing thought.
However, I had been ready for a change and after a year of research I decided to take the plunge. Accept it or not, my choice is to oppose leading a life of quiet desperation. I’m just too loud for that.
Well, I’m pleased to let you know that I am now completely confident that this is the lifestyle for me. Our entire family has become accustomed to living on the road and I can honestly say that we’ve completely adjusted.
Over the last year, we’ve come up with various workarounds. You may think this would require sacrifice, but it doesn’t feel that way to me. I think that’s because I’m committed to this roadschooling lifestyle. That mental outlook helps me to accept change and adjust the environment to suit our needs on a regular basis.
Thinking it over, I can’t imagine living in a stationary home again, at least not for a while. There’s too much freedom with mobility. We do have the choice to stay put for a while. For instance, right now we’re in Massachusetts and have been here for over two months. We plan to leave shortly and head for warmth, but we’ve enjoyed our visit.
We’ll be making our way south, back to Florida, where we’ll camp for a month or two and catch up with everyone we left behind there. The children are super excited to see all their friends! Then we’ll continue along our second circuit of the country, hitting some familiar spots and some new ones. We hope to make it to Northern California or Oregon by next June.
However, I’ve come to realize that it isn’t possible to completely predict where we’ll be and when. I’ve learned to be less rigid with my planning and now resemble a flowing river of flexibility (okay, that’s not precisely true, but I’m working on it).