It’s true. Sarah and I and our rescue puppy Penny bought and lived in a 28′ Winnebago RV for an entire year.
On the road. Travelling. Full time. No agenda, very little bills and not a worry in the world.
Living in an RV full time takes a lot courage. I should know. My wife had to put up with me in a living space of about 200 square feet. You learn a lot about each other living in an RV, and you learn a lot about what it truly means to be happy.
A few years ago, Sarah was laid off from her job as an enrollment advisor. I had just left my company due to its sale. It was the last paycheck I’d ever see, and it was the last time I let someone else determine my own value. We sold all our things, bought a Class A, 28′ Winnebago Brave and hit the road. It was the best time of our lives.
Now that we’re off the road and settled down, I often think back to those wild days in the RV. What were we thinking? It’s so easy to look back with questioning eyes, but we still remembered: we were LIVING!
We miss it. A lot. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be back out there, at least for part of each year. So, what did living in an RV teach us?
There were a lot of lessons, far too many to simply bullet list in an internet post. But I can tell you two very big things it taught me:
- The first few weeks in an RV are a little terrifying. It feels like you’re flying to the moon with nothing more than a flashlight and a bag lunch. You look around and worry. Will we need that? Should we have gotten rid of those? Living full time in an RV is all about realizing that all the “stuff” you collect in a sedentary life is just that. Stuff. We were both truly amazed to see how very little we actually needed.
- Which brings us to my second point. What is a marriage? Could two people (and a dog) really live with each other, every single day, in such a confined space? I’m very happy to report we did phenomenally well. through each hardship (and there were plenty) our love grew stronger. Every single day was an adventure, and I truthfully have never felt more alive.
We stopped when I began to suspect something was wrong with my health. I’d just finished the first draft of a book I’m still working on, and I just didn’t feel well. It was so hard to explain, I just knew something odd was going on. That something turned out to be multiple sclerosis. Thank goodness we were able to take that trip when we had.
I write a lot about my disease, not for sympathy. I really don’t need that. It’s more about speaking from a place of ultimate clarity. I’m going to die. sooner than I want, and quite possibly painfully. There’s nothing anyone can do to change that. We’d found the courage to sell everything and live on the road, how were we going to handle an incurable disease?
With grace and dignity, that’s how. And by helping others.
This new chapter in our lives has only just begun. Will I ever be able to drive a Class A RV again? Nope. But Sarah can. We’ll probably get a smaller travel trailer, something we can tow. I’ve always admired the style and craftsmanship of an Airstream. My life is not over, it’s just going to be different.
If you’re facing some sudden news of the not-so-good variety, please know that I am here. I’m living proof there is always hope, there is always a way, there is always a silver lining.
Life isn’t meant to be lived in a straight line. It’s all the wiggles that make it most interesting.
This is why I keep pushing for you, for all of you, to really consider what’s important in your life. What are you most passionate about? Because whatever it is, I promise we can work together, and that you can be brave enough to write the next chapter in your own book. Will you find the courage to do what it takes to escape a life of repetition and regret?
Free yourself. Give yourself the gift of a #workfromanywhere business.
Experience life to the fullest, because you only get to live it once.