Okay, I think I found a better way to explain it.
Some people had trouble understanding my meaning when I mentioned in an earlier post that my decision to downsize to a teardrop was an emotional one as well as one of logic, stating that logic should always prevail when making a big decision and surprised that I would hint otherwise when usually I’m on here preaching about properly researching full-timing before taking the plunge. Heck, I wrote a book on a logical approach to full-time RVing! I’ve had to delete comments from this blog and e-mails from people who told me that I was making a horrible mistake, teardrops aren’t for full-timing, that I shouldn’t sell the Casita, etc. etc. So lets try this again.
Anyone who’s been following IO for a while knows I am a planner, that I think things through and that I’m not prone to flights of fancy. Yes, living in a teardrop will present a lot of challenges and hardships that most people would not want to face. It won’t be fun not having access to my full kitchen in bad weather. It will get annoying not being able to stand up inside. I know this.
And that’s the appeal to me. I love pushing my personal boundaries on what is possible. I wanted a teardrop because it’ll be cheaper on gas, because I’ll still have home separate from vehicle, because I’ll be able to get to more remote boondocking sites, and because maintenance will be easier. But also because I’ll get intense satisfaction from seeing if I can do it. And that drive to test what I’m capable of, that’s not really a logical thing. It’s an emotional thing. Certainly a good chunk of the population doesn’t have it, but I suspect all full-time RVers do to at least some degree. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess I have it to a greater degree than most.
Six years ago today, I launched IO not knowing for sure that quitting my job and going full-timing in a Casita was going to work or not. I did what research I could (there was less info available back then – part of the reason I decided to blog my process was to help others in my situation), but there was most definitely an emotional leap of faith required. There are negatives to full-timing in a Casita. I felt a strong need to try, and so I did.
I can’t say why this particular challenge – teardrop living – was the right one for this time in my life, as I mentioned in that earlier post. Why do some people feel so driven to dream big, to keep striving to accomplish new goals, when others settle for what they have? I don’t know. This is just who I am. I feel a strong need to try, and so I will.
Maybe this is who you are too. And so I spent yesterday trying very hard to get these words on paper, to make it all make sense. To help the other people like me who just can’t settle for what the rest of the world (whether the regular world or the RVing world) finds proper and safe and rational.
At some point in the past six years, picking a Casita to full-time in became rather normal. I know a lot of people now who full-time in one. It wasn’t always like that.
I have to wonder if some of the resistance I’m getting to the teardrop decision is because it’s rare to find people living in them. Fear of the unknown and all that. If I’d decided to downsize to a van, would more people understand, as ‘hashtag vanlife’ is becoming popular among millennials? But think on this: the first people who started living out of vans got a lot of ridicule I bet, before enough pioneers felt driven to try it and paved the way for the rest. Today it no longer seems ridiculous for people to go full-time RVing in a Casita partly because six years ago, people like me took that chance.
Perhaps I’m paving the way for a new movement. #teardroplife.
So trust me readers. I may not have every single detail worked out (you never will when you take on a challenge like full-timing!), but I do know my own heart and I know, I just know, that this is what I need to do right now. Really, compared to the initial challenge of going from apartment living with a career to full-time RVing as a work-camper, this will be small-time (pun very much intended).
In any event, I’m very much looking forward to sharing this adventure with you all, and I hope this clears up any lingering confusion.
- Don’t Listen to Naysayers – Insight into why some people feel the need to criticize other’s dreams and aspirations, and what you can do if it happens to you. In the context of this article, today’s post is my attempt to further educate those who are worried on my behalf that teardropping won’t work out for me by explaining my motivations and pointing out that I did, indeed, give this idea a lot of thought (paragraph three).
Up next: The details of my teardrop build, and an explanation of how Patreon works!