Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hey, let's sell our house and live in an RV. Um, OK.

What!? Back up a minute...you're doing what?

Yeah that's us. We're crazy like that. 2 scoops of spontaneous sprinkled with nuts.

Let me address what you're thinking, why? The simple answer is, because we can. We both work from home and homeschool our children so the real question is, why not?
Let's break down society's norm shall we? Get a job, buy a house, put your kids in soccer, run around like a chicken with its head cut off, blah, blah, blah. This used to be my life (and I apologize if it's yours). Get up at 6AM, head to a job working for someone else, and spend all day away from the people most dear to me, my family. After working hard all day, I would come home looking forward to a little bit of relaxation that always eluded me. By the time I got out of the car, one of the kids were already late for one of their too many activities. By the time the day's activities were wrapped up, I barely had energy left to take a shower and go to bed, only to get up and do it all over again.
Who said life had to be that way? Why do we feel weird to step out of society's norm? Why do we live our lives to please others? Life is short and should be enjoyed. The way you want to enjoy it, not the way society says you should. If living in the rat race is what you want, then live it up. Only do it on your terms.
Adventure is what I wanted. When I'm old and my only goal for the day is to go to McDonald's for breakfast and come home to watch Matlock, I want to be able to smile at the many memories I'll have of living, truly living life. I'll never wish I would have worked a little longer or climbed a little higher up the corporate ladder.
Of course with this decision came the realization that only 5% would get what we're doing and why, while the other 95% would think we've lost it. (Remember the whole living to please others thing?) Well-meaning friends and family would ask questions like, "Aren't you afraid you're going to be too cooped up in there?" "Won't you get tired of traveling all the time?" "Your kids won't have a stable home"... polite ways of saying we were acting irresponsibly.
Stepping out of this box has been the most freeing thing I've ever done and now I'm anticipating the adventure of a lifetime. The whole family is excited and enjoying the purging and packing process. We have so many places we want to see, learn about, and explore, that it's hard to choose where to start. But it doesn't matter, as we won't need an agenda. We're just ready to hit the road!
As I'm writing this post we have two things left to do, sell the house and auction our belongings. As soon as those are finished, we'll see you soon on the road!



Liz McCoy said...

Exciting!! I just cant imagine it but I'm sooo excited getting to live vicariously through you all!!! Can't wait to read of all your amazing adventures!!!

ByTheSea said...

I just found your blog... I have been following your wife on twitter for awhile now. This is the first chance that I have been able to read about the RVng and I think it is such a awesome adventure.... good for you and your family.. cant wait to hear all about it.

The Thief said...

I've been keeping up on this adventure through Margie's blog, but I thought I'd stop over here and tell you that this is perhaps the coolest thing I've heard of. Have fun!

-Brian Vinson