About four years ago, my husband and I along with our son, lost our minds; at least according to our families and mainstream society that is. We decided to sell quite a bit of our belongings, put our beautiful house on the market, and live in an RV.
People thought that we were absolutely crazy. What they didn’t understand, however, was that we were feeling deeply drawn to and compelled to do this. One of the big attractions to the RV living lifestyle was the simplicity of it all. It seemed awesome to have much less stuff and very few bills for that matter.
Why We Did It
One thing that I feel I need to throw in here is that I like to live my life intuitively. This means that I like to follow the little hunches and nudges that I receive throughout the day and see where they take me. To me, it’s being in alignment with what some people call God or a Higher Power.
This may not be understandable to a lot of people, but to me, it is a way of life. I’ve spent many years at the other end of the spectrum and it only caused me pain. From staying in relationships for too long, even though I internally felt the urge to leave or moving to one dissatisfying job to another without ever trying anything different. Let’s just say that I was stagnant for a long time without putting any effort toward my passions and higher purpose. This caused me years of depression, so once I began living my life by following my intuition, it was like a whole new world opened up. Life opened up. It isn’t to say that everything was perfect by any means, but life became a heck of a lot more satisfying than it was before that’s for sure.
After researching for the longest time, we finally decided on our camper, sold our home, and made the move. We found a beautiful campground in the country, not too far from my husband’s work. Although he had put in for a transfer, he was still maintaining his job, so we needed to stay somewhat close by.
For me, the experience, surprisingly enough, wasn’t that big of an adjustment. My son even enjoyed himself and the wide open spaces of the campground and the playground there. He’s an extremely social kid, so he enjoyed meeting other people and all of the interacting.
We mixed and mingled more with people during this experience than we ever did while living in a house. We met others who were doing the same, some who were just vacationing, and others who were fascinated with what we were doing. Honestly, I don’t even know if I understood why we were doing what we were doing. I just felt led to do so and it wasn’t until much later that I realized the purpose of it all. We ended up living for six months in the camper before my husband took his name off of the transfer list and we settled back into a house. Even though it was a tight squeeze, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. Here is what I learned from it:
Never judge anyone’s path just because you don’t know where it is leading them. People thought that we were absolutely crazy for moving into an RV. They then saw it as a failure because we only stayed in it for six months. Living in the camper was actually one of the most fruitful experiences for us. Because of this move, we were able to pay off our debt, find a better location to live, find a better school for our son, and find a more affordable home. Just because someone doesn’t stay in a situation for forever doesn’t mean that it’s a failure. Also, just because someone is doing something off the beaten path, doesn’t mean that it’s a mistake.
You never know the real reasons behind something or the good that could come out of it, so it’s best to just not judge at all.
If there’s one other thing that I really took from the camper experience, it’s the power and value of living below your means. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to do what we did, although if you can be mobile with it, it’s not a bad little lifestyle. It was so freeing to be able to see the debt dropping away and our bank account increasing. The more material possessions that you get and the more expensive the house and the cars, the more you have to work your tail off to maintain all that stuff. To me, it’s so much more liberating to live affordably and below my means. It takes the pressure off of having to sustain some lifestyle. After our camper experience, having things and keeping up with the Joneses became so much less important.
Trust Your Gut
There’s such great value in following your intuition. Even though others may disagree, follow your heart anyway. I had fears about living in the RV, but it actually turned out to be a wonderful experience overall. Only you know what’s best for you, so if your heart is leading you to march to the beat of a different drummer, then so be it.
The wisdom that I gained from the whole experience was worth its weight in gold. It can be a bit uncomfortable to follow your intuition because it can definitely get you out of your comfort zone. I’ve found, though, that beyond that comfort zone is where the magic happens. You never know where the ride will take you, so my advice is to just throw caution to the wind and hop on.