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We never imagined attending a funeral would lead us to ditch our possessions and embrace the RV lifestyle.
Living in a big house requiring a housekeeper, pool company, lawn service, and maintenance crew no longer seem necessary.
Instead of living a life filled with consumerism and consumption, we choose a life full of unlimited freedom and joy.
BUILD MEMORIES, NOT STUFF
It was February. A few bluebonnets had started to bloom resembling lavender tears along the side of the road as we drove to the funeral.
Seeing her pass at such an early age caused us to question our lifestyle.
Why do we buy stuff?
What’s the purpose?
We go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch something on Netflix, go to bed, get up the next day and do it all over again.
RV SHOW IDEAS
We planned to buy a lake house. At least that would provide a diversion on the weekends.
But as we walked down the vast RV show aisles the day before the funeral, visions of lake house views danced in our heads.
Why were we limiting ourselves to a lake house?
Why were we limiting ourselves at all?
Why not break the traditional societal mode of living in one place so we can discover all kinds of landscapes throughout this beautiful country instead?
BABY BOOMERS BIGGEST REGRET
A recent British Airways survey reveals not traveling as a big regret for older baby boomers.
41% of Americans didn’t take a single vacation day in 2014, and as a whole, Americans left 169 million paid vacation days on the table.
John Muir said, “Keep close to Nature’s heart and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
The late Sen. Paul Tsongas also said, “No man ever said on his deathbed, ‘I wish I had spent more time in the office.’”
But what if we took the office with us?
“We could live in this,” I said as I ran my hand along a beautiful granite kitchen counter as we walked through another stunning RV.
“I agree. And imagine the money we could save,” he said peering into a large kitchen pantry.
IT’S NOT A MISTAKE
During the funeral, we were quiet. We believe there are no mistakes and that everything happens for a reason.
It wasn’t a mistake we saw the RV show billboard advertisement.
It wasn’t a mistake we had an extra day on our hands to do nothing before the funeral which was a rare occurrence.
It wasn’t a mistake our thoughts aligned with the same desires of living a minimalist life while enjoying the beauty of our country.
And it’s not a mistake we now live full time in an RV.
Our home in Cody, Wyoming
Photo by: What’s Outside Our Door
There are ups, and there are downs, and we are always learning.
We learned how to make sure living with cats in such a small space is possible and comfortable (especially smell wise).
We learned how to choose the right RV for our lifestyle and how the RV parks work (it’s not as easy as you might think).
We learned how to finally eradicate the stinky smell and pesky flies that commandeered our rig.
But more importantly, we learned we love this way of life and happy we dared to make such a drastic change.
TODAY IS YOUR TOMORROW
So today instead of driving to work each day, we take the work with us.
And instead of dreaming of a weekend lake house, we take our house to the lake.
Or anywhere else we want to take our home so we can view What’s Outside our Door every day.