“Aren’t you scared?”. That tends to be the first thing I am asked when folks find out that we are planning to live full time in our RV. My answer is usually, “hell yes.” That is when all the other questions come.
- “What are you going to do for work while you are traveling full time?”
- “What about the kids school? Are you going to home school them in the RV?”
- “How long are you going to be gone? How did you plan your full time RV trip?”
Questions and Answers.
We have been asked these questions about being full time travelers enough that we have a nice little FAQ page here, so pop on over if you want those answers as this post is more about the why we are doing this and I guess a bit about that mid life crisis mentioned in the title.
Reflecting on choices and opportunity.
When I look back over the last few months after having resigned from a job and company that I loved (shout out to Bomgar!) and having spent all of my new found retirement working full time to get our Winnebago Minnie Winnie the upgrades it needed to support us on the road, I can see a clear path to what we are trying to do. For some folks, that path is less clear and probably seems a lot more like I am actively working to blow up my life. My sister in law likes to tell me I am over achieving on my mid life crisis as I am not even 40 yet! Two things come to mind when I reflect back on how we got here:
- My wife, Alaina likes to say, “you can make back the money but you can’t make the time back.”
- Being uncomfortable can be good.
Career, Family, and Full Time RV Adventure.
My career is massively important to me and my family but we have just entered the best and maybe most important time to be with our kids. That sweet spot age range of 8-12, when the kids are starting to become their own people but still can’t get enough of mom and dad. So despite the potential risks, financial and other, we decided as a family to spend as much time together as we can stand. Framing this full time RV trip/project/life change in this way is very helpful. Any time I feel a panic, I can stop and reflect on the foundation we hope to create now, that will serve us for the rest of our lives and that mid life crisis specter goes away.
The second point is something that while cliché on the surface, I think is hugely important. It is comfortable to sit in our nice home on a hot August afternoon or a cold February morning. It is comfortable to run out to Target when we need a new food processor because ours broke mid gazpacho prep. It is comfortable to know that it is a Friday and tomorrow I will have all day to work on the lawn and still have plenty of time to sit on the couch and watch a movie. That comfort is not what I think I need. At least not right now in my life. What I need now is to be uncomfortable. I need to be hot and sweaty on a September hike in the Uinta Mountains or freezing cold in January in Yosemite Valley. If the food processor breaks, I want it to be less work to cut zucchini with a big sharp knife, then to find and drive to Target. I don’t want to live for the weekend.
My goal for this self inflicted discomfort is to create time that I can spend with my family and really connect with them. To create time that I can spend in nature and find connections there too. Ultimately, just like the picture above, to create that magic which will lead to the big what’s next for the Elliott family.
We are two weeks out from our September 1, 2018 launch date and full time travel. Homeschool/Roadschool prep is complete, our solar/lithium ion battery bank systems are doing their jobs and the massive punch list we started on July 14, 2018 only has a few items remaining. I am finding more calm than crisis and can’t wait to get on the road and live full time in our RV because I know, that is where the magic happens.