What I had intended to be a quick announcement earlier this week about my upcoming plans generated a lot more response than I expected. It really touched me how interested all of you are in what I’m up to in my little corner of the world.
It also made me a bit uncomfortable, because many of you wanted to know more about my upcoming plans to switch rigs – something I was intentionally vague about in that post. Not because I’m trying to keep you in suspense, that was not my intention at all! But because I don’t have all the answers yet.
I first thought about going full-time RVing in December of 2010. I bought my truck in October of 2011, my Casita in March of 2012, and I started living in it just one month after that. I started traveling full-time on September 14, 2012.
There aren’t many full-timers my age that have been on the road that long, at least not ones with an online presence. Because I have so much experience, I’m sometimes seen as the person who’s learned all the lessons, who has all the answers.
That’s so not the case.
Life is messy, there’s no two ways about it. Going full-timing is not an even, linear progression. You research and try things, experiment with different thoughts and processes, you make mistakes, you figure out what works for you… it’s all part of learning. You feel accomplished when you come out the other side intact, but the learning isn’t done. If you’re living your life right, it’s never done.
And by choosing to switch rigs instead of staying with what is familiar, I’m plunging back into that turbulent and messy zone of ideas and choices.
It’s hard to admit to a world so enamored with perfection that I don’t have all the answers – especially these days as someone who is seen as an authority figure. So much so that it was tempting to just wait to announce the impending rig change until after the fact and make it sound all cut and dry.
But to do so would just perpetuate the myth of perfection, a disservice to everyone. So I made the announcement, and now in the name of transparency I’m admitting to you all that the reason why it was so vague is because I’m still working through exactly what I’m going to get. Which as those who’ve been there, or read my guide “Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget” know, isn’t a simple 1-2-3 process.
So if you’re in the planning stages of going full-timing (and a number of you have reached out lately!), know this: It’s complicated for everyone. You’re not defective or doomed to fail because your emotions are all over the place, because you make up your mind and then change it. This is normal.
Going full-timing is going to be messy. But when you own it and accept that it’s going to be messy, it gets easier. A lot of the pressure comes off. It’s okay that you don’t have all the answers. You figure them out as you go. And while making big decisions like this never stops being messy, it does get easier with more experience as I can attest to.
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