That is how many days we have left until our planned launch. We may stick to that date, we may not. Sailors write their plans in the sand at low tide…and apparently so do RVers.
When we came up with this crazy dream…it was just that, a dream. We were going to save our pennies, buy a small RV and travel. Seems pretty simple, but it was a safe idea because it was just a dream. A photo, a phone call and a plane ride led to it becoming a reality much sooner than we realized. (Thanks Dad & Ellyn!)
If anyone ever tells you that downsizing and moving into an RV is easy, they’re a liar. Yes, it’s fun and we are enjoying the journey but man this is hard work! It’s almost overwhelming some days. The closer we get, the more we realize we have no idea what we are doing and we don’t have any solid plans or a plan B or anything really resembling rational adult thinking. All we know is that we’re going on an adventure!
It’s scary. Like, really scary. We watch YouTube videos, read blogs and posts on Facebook, immerse ourselves in the RVer instagram accounts and we KNOW we want to do this. We HAVE to do this. We don’t know where we’re going, how long we’re going or what we’re going to do, but all we know is that we don’t want to be here. Maybe we’re just trying to find ourselves? Figure out what we want? We did the whole fall in love, get married, buy a house, get up and go to work every day….what people consider to be NORMAL. It just doesn’t feel right. We’re happy. We aren’t trying to run away from anything or make anything better because it sucks, we just want something different.
Thinking about all of that is hard. Just as hard as the physical preparation. We have been tirelessly working to turn Regina into a home. We had a desk built, a dining room table built, we’ve been painting, replacing furniture. I should probably be out there right now painting instead of typing this…but dude, it’s hot as balls out there. Even with the A/C going, it’s unbearable.
Then there’s the stuff! SO.MUCH.STUFF. How did we collect so many things? We had a garage sale and it doesn’t even feel like we made a dent! We need to have another one but….again…balls…hot ones. I have been packing things into boxes and putting them in the spare bathroom and it doesn’t seem like I’m doing anything at all. I shredded documents we didn’t need anymore and moved our DVDs to a binder. We’ve been super strict on not buying anything that can’t go in the RV, so we aren’t bringing in more stuff. I feel like we’re never going to get rid of all of it. I’m certain at this point that a lot is going to get donated and a lot is going to get thrown out.
I’m the kind of person who procrastinates. When things get hard I’m either going to suck it up and get it done or I’m going to go hide in my room and watch Netflix and eat chocolate, the latter is more likely. I feel so guilty when a day goes by and I haven’t done something RV related because that is one less day we have to get ready. We started prepping early because we didn’t want a crazy mad rush right before we leave, but that is looking more likely every day.
Luckily, a lot of the big stuff is done. The RV is mechanically sound, the interior is almost completely done. In all reality, if we had to leave tomorrow…we could curbside all our junk and hit the road. Maybe it’s not so scary. Maybe this is why people blog, it helps to get it out and then things don’t feel as overwhelming. Ah…who am I kidding, of course it’s overwhelming…but it’s going to be crazy fun. We don’t have anything to lose and everything to gain.
Alright, back to stuffing stuff in boxes…until next time! I will leave you with this video. It is the beauty of our Country that inspires us to get out and explore. This is why we have to do this.
(make sure you watch it full screen in HD)