OUR FAMILY IS SELLING EVERYTHING & MOVING INTO A TRAVEL TRAILER. HERE'S WHY.

Four years ago I shared an idea with my wife. It went something like this. "Hey lady" (I call my wife lady sometimes), "what do you think about us selling everything, moving into an RV, and traveling the country so I can make a documentary about a family from Suburbia who sells everything, moves into an RV and travels the country"? She said "no, you idiot", so we didn't do it. Actually she's a nice gal and was surprisingly open to the idea. Life however seemed to have it's own way of keeping us from making that idea a reality, so we let it go, at least for a while. 

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Six months ago however something snapped in us, I can't honestly remember what it was, but whatever it was, it caused us to make the very real decision to actually pursue this RV idea from 4 years ago. This time we had different motives then to simply make a documentary, although I still plan to to so. It's been a crazy process, a very one step at a time process, and one that I'll post about in detail in the future. At this time however I feel as though I should move into the reasons we've decided to do this. There are 3 reason, and I have listed them numerically below. Numerically seemed to be the logical method of moving though numbered things.

  • 1. Because we were born this way. My wife and I have both always had a deep nomadic, independence seeking, adventureistic (I know that's not a real word), nature loving, hermitish (I know) part to us. We've never lived in one place for more then 1.5 years. The idea of having wheels on our home has always been appealing to us, even if it's just a fad. We've sort of fought this off for years, but we got to a place where we realized that if we didn't pursue this to some degree, we probably never would, and that would be sad for us. We think it's kind of now or never, so we chose now rather then never.

 

  • 2. Because I don't know what really matters, and I want to know. (I speak only for myself on this one. My wife agrees in part, but in different ways.) My family and I are "christians" I use type-able air quotes because I'm not a fan of that word, for a lot of reasons. Let's move into a quick story segment. One day I had an experience that made me question everything about "being a Christian". Never mind, that wasn't a story. You can however hear me describe the story in the video below, or keep reading below the video, whatever you prefer.

So, I have some struggles. The problem for me is that I feel like for the last few years now it's been very easy for me to push these struggles out of the way by being busy, or by vegging out on the couch, or by going on vacation, or hanging out with friends,  or taking on a side project, or any other number of things that come with the lifestyle we've built for ourselves leading up to this adventure. I want to strip away some of these distractions, I want to sort of gain a new perspective.

Sure, we could change our perspective and get rid of distractions without selling everything and living life in a trailer, but we haven't. We haven't for years. I don't see that changing either. What did Einstein call it when someone keeps doing the same thing, expecting different results? I'm not sure, but I know that I want to discover what matters most in our life, then build our life around that thing. That's hard to do when you already have an established life, one with big anchors like large bills, loans, a job or two, commitments, busy schedules and on and on. 

The goal here is to clean out the garage. To take everything in our life out to the driveway, and see what we want to put back into the garage, and what we want to get rid of. It's tough to do this without removing things from boxes first. We're taking everything out the boxes for awhile. 

  • 3. To pursue our passions.

My wife and I both have both for sometime felt like we've held back or pushed down "one day" dreams, deep down passions, and personal convictions. The excuses for this are pretty much the same as above. We've built a life that makes it easy to make excuses, even valid or good excuses, but excuses just the same. Another reason is that we didn't have much margin in our life. Going after risky dreams and passions is tough enough, throw in the fact that your life is already packed to the gills with other commitments, appointments, obligations, responsibilities and so on, and then throw in on top of that the fact that most (or sometimes all) of your income is already promised to other things, loans, credit cards, mortgages, etc... after all that the idea of chasing dreams just doesn't work, it's not realistic. We're hoping that by living small, we can remove a lot of those obstacles, and leave very few excuses. 

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