Two months ago we lived in a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath house in literally the most suburban neighborhood in the known world. If you were to drive through our area, you would say "hey, this must be the most suburban neighborhood in the known world", and you would be right. It's known as "Eastlake" locally, but more properly, East Chula Vista. It's about 17 minutes from downtown San Diego, and is a Suburban lovers dream. Everything from Target to Whole Foods is within a 3 minute drive. The lawns are well manicured, and the local shopping centers come complete with turtle ponds filled with live turtles.
We moved there a year and a half ago. While my wife and I have never been fans of Suburbia, it is for sure an easy, convenient, and overall comfy way to live. Now that we're out of that house, and that neighborhood, I'd like to chat through some our biggest concerns, hesitations, and wonderings moving away from the comfort of Suburbia, and into the unknown of a trailer.
First, here's a few photos of our old digs. I'll do a little 'before and after' thing in the future once the renovations are done with the trailer comparing our old place with the new one. One thing is for sure, we could fit our new home in our old homes living room. Should be a good time.
A keen eye will notice that it was fall when these photos were taken. Fall in San Diego feels more like summer... or winter, or spring in San Diego, which is to say that everyday in San Diego feels like the one before it, and most likely the one after it as well. Low to mid 70s all year may sound amazing, and in many ways it is, but we, being a family who loves the cooler seasons, especially autumn, found ourselves longing for rain and clouds and sweater weather. To make the best of the 'harsh' fall weather, we'd fake ourselves out by doing things like filling our house with candles that had names like "Oak & Tobacco" or "Scarecrow Moon", or "dirt and twigs". We'd also nail branches, pine cones, and leaves to the walls. Literally, my wife nailed tree parts on our walls. We'd also turn off all but only the warmest, low wattage light bulbs in the house, light up all the candles, open up every window in the house and cuddle under blankets every night as if for the first time the temperature dipped below 72 degrees.
OUR TOP FEARS MOVING FROM A HOUSE TO A TRAILER
This is my personal and primary concern, and ranks pretty high on my wife's list of concerns also. While we have a ways to go before this concern has any real weight to it, we know that at some point we will hit the road in our trailer, when we do it will mean turning away from stability in more ways then simply a home locked to the ground, it will also mean leaving financial stability in some ways. I edit and produce videos for a living. While a good chunk, sometimes actually the majority of our income has always come from video freelance work, I'm not a fan of relying on it as a sole income source. It's inconstant, brings long hours, and working with clients makes life very dreary and miserable sometimes. Part of what I'm working on, and will be learning a lot about is generating mobil income in ways other then the default of video freelance. Hopefully in time this concern will be replaced by another, but for now, this is my biggest concern and point of hesitation.
2. Effect on our kids
Overall from what we've read, and from people we've talked with, the pros of our new life very much out weigh the cons as it pertains to our kids. But, even with all the pros, there are still a few unknowns, and unknowns late at night can erupt into worse case scenarios. In one such scenario my daughter leaves us for a 12 year old hippy boy and they run away to join a carnival of young children who've left their parents that had forced trailer life upon them at a young age. The probability for this actually happening is fairly low, but one never knows, and we're a little nervous about it. We honestly do believe much good will come from the experience, but there are of course real cons to this lifestyle as well. Everything in life can be a pros and cons list, so we're trying not to go too crazy with it, but we think about it often.
3. That we'll hate it,
We've done a ton of research, talked in depth for hours with others who've done the same thing, and will even be doing a long trial run before officially hitting the road, but in the end who knows, we may end up hating it. I don't think we will, but one we could. The idea of us hating it causes two rather large problem for us beyond the fact that we would be miserable. The first is that, our decision to go from a traditional suburban life to life in a trailer hasn't been easy, and it's taken us a lot of time and a heck of a lot of work. To do all that we have to discover we hate it, would suck to say the least. The second problem is that at this point we literally would have nothing to return to. No home, no stuff to put in a home, not even a dresser or a lamp. We don't focus much on this because we really truly believe we'll love it, but, there's no way to find out for sure until we're in there, so time will tell.
To end this thing, I'll point out that there are always fears in life, regardless of wether you're moving your family into a trailer, or moving them from this side of the street to the other. Fears and worries can't be avoided. In fact fears can be very useful, they're obviously there for a reason. They can prevent us from stepping off a cliff, or from punching that bear in the stomach. But they can also hold us back, keep us from stepping forward, and hinder us from doing something great. Instead of letting our fears stop us, we're pushing through them to see what the other side looks like. We're not punching any bears at the moment, but we are walking into the woods where bears roam. We'll let you know... assuming we survive, how well bears take a punch.
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