Sunset Ajo Arizona
I posted a link to my 2019 expense blog post yesterday on the Escapees forum, "RV network" and got a comment from one of the readers that gave me some food for thought when he commented about my total expense for the year and said, " I don't think I could get anywhere near that [total], I like to do too much". That made me wonder if I'm not doing "enough", and should I be having more fun?
It's true I don't live an exciting life by any stretch of the imagination but that comment made me wonder if I wasn't doing enough things in my life, and if I was more interested in saving money every day than actually enjoying life? so I gave it a lot of thought because I know that I don't live a life of discomfort and austerity, but am I doing enough to be having fun? And here's what I came up with.
I'm 73 years old and was lucky enough to retire when I was 47. I've only been full-timing for about five years but I've been RVing in one form or another since I was a young man. Before I went full-time I spent time deciding on what kind of life I wanted to live while full timing and the best way I could come up with was basically the same way I was living at home only without the snow, in other words a normal life but in a home that had wheels.
I knew that some folks describe their full time RVing life as an "adventure", or a full-time "vacation" or a "marathon" of seeing every national Park in the country which is all well and good it just wasn't what I was seeing for the remainder my life.
Since I retired fairly young, was already into RVing, and had done a lot, and seen a lot already I wasn't really seeing my full timing life to be an adventure or a vacation, and especially not a travel marathon. All of those things seem to imply a lot more effort, a lot more driving, and way more planning than I wanted to deal with, after all I just wanted a new view every once in a while without the snow.
Since selling my home and becoming a full timer living in a house with wheels was such a huge change I figured why not live my life the way I wanted to and enjoy the things I want to enjoy, after all I'm rapidly becoming an old geezer and this drastic change in my current life may be my last hurrah.
So I came up with this current life that I'm living now. And the very fact that my life fits me so perfectly and makes me so happy is a sign that it probably wouldn't work for hardly anyone else because were all different enough that something that works perfect for me is probably not going to work very well for anyone else. But that's the beauty of the full-timing lifestyle you can shape it and form it to make it fit our life without having to worry about whether it works for anyone else or not.
This post is getting way too long so this will be my last thought. Even though we full -timers are all different and all live different lifestyles I believe there are two things that we all have in common that I believe will make almost anyone happier in their life, and that is simplifying life by getting rid of all the useless stuff that we've all bought to make us happy only to find out it has the opposite effect, and most important, being as free as you can be. Free to come and go as you please, free to be who you want to be, and free to make your own decisions all the time. It's hard to get to that point, it's even a little scary, but when you do you will find joy, happiness, and yes even fun in everything you do, or even doing nothing at all.