Melissa and I are in the process of finalizing a move that many people in our lives are baffled by. We own a lovely home, in a great neighborhood, in a highly-coveted seacoast town. And we’re selling it. So we can get an RV. To live in full-time and travel the country. For a year or more.
I purposely broke those thoughts down so you could digest them in small bites. You’re welcome. It’s about Living Out Loud, right?!
For a while now, we’ve felt imprisoned by the white-picket-fence lifestyle, and our nomadic spirits just won’t simmer down. We’ve become resentful of the time spent on yard work and house maintenance when we just want to play in our free time.
I’ve always had a dream for my business to be mobile and global. Because I teach and coach virtually, I can do it from anywhere. I just need a phone and an internet connection. So what am I doing parked here through the long New England winters, trying to prevent ice dams in my gutters?
This plan of ours has really thrown the people in our lives for a loop. They just can’t wrap their heads around it. “Oh my god, you’re selling that house? Are you nuts?!” “You’re going to live in an RV full-time? I’d get claustrophobic!” “What if you hate it?” “Can’t you just rent one for a week?” “But you live in such a beautiful town!”
Don’t get me wrong. I’m nervous, for sure. Scared, even. But I’m also excited. That, to me, is a winning combination. However, I can easily be rattled by others’ limitations and fears around the idea. Maybe we are making a mistake. Maybe we should learn to make the typical American dream our dream.
We did that. For more than 6 years. And it was great, but our values and priorities have changed. We’re being pulled and called to listen to our soul’s voice, and right now, she wants adventure!
Life is uncertain and far too short. You gotta do YOU, even when those around you don’t get it. Whose life is it anyway? I have to keep reminding myself that the reactions of others are just that — their stuff, and not an indication that they don’t support us. We just make it a point to talk more about it with the people we know who have similar adventurous spirits. That way, we don’t feel like we’re losing our minds and we can indulge in the excitement.
And who knows? After selling the house, we may decide to change our plans entirely. And we’re ok with that.
Until next week, keep taking those small steps to Live Out Loud!