Editors note: This is a guest post by Lou Schaber of The Uncommon Road.
Here we are, still stationary, nine months after we came to the conclusion that we wanted to live full-time in an RV.
Since that fateful decision in August we’ve had quite a few questions pop up (some even our own).
- What happened that made us want to leave?
- Why the long wait until we go?
- What keeps us going during the wait?
Decision to Ditch
To be honest, my wife (Tricia) has always been in favor of packing everything up and living a nomadic lifestyle. She has been persistently sharing this vision with me since the moment we got married in 2001 . . . I’m just a little slow on the uptake.
Many things come into the discussion when we sit around the table and talk about the why of this decision.
There is the typical desire to downsize, paring down our belongings to only the things that add the most value to our lives and experiences. Sure, stuff is fun, but it often falls short of the expectations we place on our stuff. More stuff isn’t the answer.
Simplicity comes up a lot, we discuss how we can be more intentional with our time and activities. We don’t need to make things any more complicated, and there’s a desire to narrow our focus toward our family and away from some of the extracurriculars. Not that these activities are bad, they just tend to get in the way in their structured form.
But, the biggest why would have to be change. Not, change for change’s sake, but a meaningful shift from our current lifestyle to something we haven’t done before. We all love a good adventure, and the timing couldn’t be better than right now. We strive for new destinations, new experiences, new relationships, and new opportunities for growth.
When we were fist mulling over this whole idea of leaving our home, selling our stuff, and living in an RV, I came across a brief post here on Ditching Suburbia. It was simply titled, This Trip Is . . .
There was nothing fancy to it, no special graphics, no giveaways, not even 100 words long. Yet, it seemed to perfectly capture what our family has been trying to articulate in regards to this decision.
Ditching Suburbia Manifesto Shirt
Suburbia-ditchers have different values than most people - tell the world what they are:
Simpler Living. Closer Family. Richer Education. Uncommon Adventures.
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This Trip Is….
....not a field trip, but we want to be educated
. ...not a business trip, but we need to work
. ...not a family reunion, but we want to visit friends and family
. ...not a vacation, but we want to be re-created
. ...not a mission trip, but we want to be missional
Now that the whole family is on board (i.e. me, seeing how our daughter was an easy sell), we’ve been diligently plotting how to set this dream in motion.