...and into the fire.
I was given an ultimatum this week: stay where I am doing what I'm doing (both of which I enjoy), or go on the road in my RV to teach, learn and experience new adventures. It was not a simple decision. If I choose to go, when I return from my trip, I will not have a job with the RV site on the ocean near San Francisco.
For a fleeting moment, I thought about cancelling the trips in July, August and September, the heart of the RV travel season, and keeping the job that supports living in the Bay Area. Then I reminded myself why I became a full-time RVer: to travel when and where I want, to see new places and meet new people, to re-visit some old familiar places, friends and family, and have the freedom of the road. I'll be teaching new and aspiring RVers about saving space and weight in your RV; and basic self-protection for RVers, especially solo women. I'll be visiting RV dealers and stores and telling them about the terrific RV Bookstore that provides the newsletter, websites, blogs and an encyclopedic knowledge of the RV lifestyle in its forums.
There are some negatives: no alarm clocks, no business suits, no daily commute, no cube farm, no meetings, no corporate mindspeak and no competition with my co-workers. My home is my office (at least 17.6% of my current RV, according to the IRS) and my commute is my choice. If I like my neighbors and my neighborhood, I can hang around a little longer. If I don't, I have wheels and can change the view.
I know many of you are waiting to retire or finish obligations. I respect and admire you for your devotion. However, I want to encourage you to assess your current life plans with those you love and trust, and make some decisions about when and how you can embrace this wonderful lifestyle sooner than you may think you can.
The RV life is not for everyone. Sometimes it's scary and sometimes it's tough, especially when you travel alone as I do. I'm not going to kid you and tell you there are no roadblocks or detours. There is always risk in the adventure and there is always adventure in the risk.
If you're reading this and are seriously contemplating jumping into the water instead of dipping your toe, do it. There are no guarantees and life itself is risky: you won't get out alive. But while you're spinning around on this big, beautiful, blue planet, wouldn't you like to enjoy it as much as you can?