“This man lives full-time in his RV, has no rent, no car payment, and can live wherever he damn well pleases?”, my mind raced as I read through the article. I was pleasantly surprised by the photo of Glenn Morrissette’s home on wheels. It was a 19 foot, fully self-contained camper van. I never knew RVs came in that size… I thought they were all large and imposing. With a motor home that small, he really could drive and (most importantly) park wherever he wanted!
I felt a sense of relief and validation. Here is someone who is free, self-sufficient, and enjoying life on his own terms. I felt a rush of inspiration… This is how I want to live! Wait, could I do that? It couldn’t possibly be that easy to have an idea to completely change your lifestyle and then simply do it. I felt that it was best to bounce this off of someone whose opinions I respect.
I casually mentioned the idea to my closest friend, *Mae over the phone during one of our lengthy conversations. She is much older than myself, a wise maternal figure who has helped me navigate through a lot of rough spots in my life. “Ugh… You’ll have to empty the poop! When I had my camper 30 years ago, I absolutely hated it.” she said. Of course… the poop! I hadn’t even considered that and became equally disgusted at the notion of opening up a camper’s sewer line. I also found this process, of which I knew nothing about, intimidating. And that was that, I was deterred.
That was over a year ago. Looking back, I regret not pushing forward with my idea despite my little hang-ups. I couldn’t blame Mae for being discouraging because her intent was to save me from unpleasantries that make grown men gag. Remember what I said about listening to your gut at every turn? Do that. If you listen to other people over what you feel tugging at you inside, you will be setting yourself up for a very sad and miserable life. Friends and family (for most people) mean well, but they’re only capable of giving you advice from their point of view, slanting towards what would be important to themselves. It is almost impossible for them to deeply understand what would be truly important to you. You must always keep that in mind, doubly so if you’re considering doing something that’s off the beaten path and unconventional.
Also, don’t wait… take action as soon possible! Never leave a life decision on the shelf. The thought came to you when it did for a reason. I’ve found that whenever I waited to execute a decision, the task only became more difficult to pull off down the road. When I worked in real estate, I waited to pursue a Broker’s License and the state raised the class hour requirements. I waited six months to divorce my ex husband and the economy tanked. I waited to shop for an RV, and now must sell my car first instead of after because my savings account just ain’t what it used to be. Whether you have to take baby steps or big leaps… Don’t wait!
Thankfully, I managed to land on my feet. Things are good… but they could’ve been better. I was hired for a job eight months ago that allows me to use some of my creative talents. For the first time in my life, I go to a 9-5 that doesn’t make me feel a sense of dread on Sunday nights! It’s a nice place to be, but two months ago, I felt something familiar tugging at me. My thoughts went back to Glenn Morrissette. This time, I dug deeper and started following his blog. Though content with my current situation, I knew in my soul that I have to move on. FIRST GOAL: Replace car with an awesome camper van. Baby steps…
Side note – I saw this movie when I was fresh out of college and loved it! Hmmm… Perhaps it had planted a seed in me? Lost In America
*Fictitious name to protect the innocent and infamous.