What would you say are the biggest restraints on your life that are holding you back from living it abundantly? My guess is that most of us would agree that TIME, PLACE and MONEY are at the top of the list. What if you had exponentially more time, there were no physical boundaries to where you could be, and you were less reliant on a higher income? Welcome to the simple life of rving my friends.
Listen, you can make rving life as expensive as you want to. With some Class A models starting at $1 million (you read that correctly), dining out to pass the time, big ticket items on the bucket list, and high end RV resorts with nightly rates over $100 it is easy to see that you can choose to need a big income while on the road. But the beauty with rving is that you don’t have to! There is no need to spend a lot of money to enjoy minimizing the other constraints in your life such as TIME and PLACE.
When you are not trying to cram new experiences and places in to a two week vacation each year, the whole world really opens up to you. You are truly able to live in the moment. There is no to do list in my day. There is no rush to get through a task, so that I can move on to the next checklist. There is no planning around traffic and busy times at the grocery store to maximize my weekend. It all becomes very simple, and I am able to stand in the moment fully engrossed in the experience around me. Today, I think about today, not tomorrow.
In terms of PLACE, if we want to see something, we go and see it. It is that simple. There are always minor constraints, such as weather, gas, and cost in general; but they are much simplified when you are living with no mortgage or major bills that keep you on a never ending need for higher income. We generally plan a week out for campgrounds so that we can be a little more spontaneous with our time and linger when we want to. For the winter, we are using a different strategy. We are camping long-term to take advantage of cheaper rates and wait out the cold weather in most of the country. One of the beautiful things about rving is that if you want to save money, you can! You are not tied to specific monthly expenditures. If you have a lower income month, you can set yourself up in a cheaper campsite to balance it out. Your monthly expenses are flexible. We chose to buy an inexpensive rv and used truck, so that we would own them outright without dipping in to our savings – no monthly payments on our home or vehicle. In our mid-thirties? Say what?! One of the best decisions we made in embarking on this rv life.
What in the world does all of this have to do with cotton? Well, the beauty of the open road is that you can stop for precious moments to learn something new, experience something you have always dreamed about, have time to genuinely meet and cherish new people, and focus on the moment you are in. In this case, we were driving through Georgia and we found a cotton field with a parking lot for a community bike trail; so we took the opportunity to check out our first cotton field! While that may sound simple, for someone that is maybe overly imaginative like me, I am thinking of how such a beautiful perfect cloud could be at the heart of so much pain in our country’s history. I am instantly comparing the fresh site of a white field with violet undertones to the millions of green corn, soy and other crops that I have witnessed my entire life. I am imagining the sun and rain that aids the development of the plant’s pods that burst forth with billowy cotton at its peak in life. How that same cotton is manufactured to create my clothing. With all of these thoughts swirling in my mind, we made a stop to experience this field firsthand.
While I do recommend a road trip, even if it is a short trip, to anyone; I want you to know that you do not have to be a full time rver to seriously look at maximizing abundant living. I am not talking about an abundance that focuses on acquiring things or maximizing income; but rather on dedicating your priorities to include time with loved ones, creating space in your life for new experiences and sharing them with others, and reconnecting with the right balance in your life that suits you. We are only given one day at a time. It is important to make the most of it, and sometimes that is in the simplest of ways.
This may come as a surprise to you, but full time rving was never our dream. We enjoyed our jobs, had a large home on ten acres, and were grateful; but we wanted change. I had some major medical issues, and that really changed our perspective. We knew that our priorities needed to change so that we could focus on abundant living. We sold our house still not knowing exactly how we wanted to change. Eventually, after not being sure where we wanted to go, we decided to go everywhere! The cheapest way to do that was to become full-time rvers. We went in to this having never even slept overnight on an rv. We honestly were hoping to put up with the rv lifestyle long enough to see all the things we wanted to see. We now love it.