It’s funny the variety of responses that we have gotten when we’ve told people about what we are planning to do. The majority of people are super excited for us and have all sorts of questions and even have ideas of places to go, blogs to read, people to talk to, etc. Some have said they “wish they had done something like this before they got bogged down with a house and too much stuff.” Some have said, “I could never do that!” “What about privacy?” “What about all of your stuff?” “What are you going to do about school?” “What about socialization?” “What about your job?”. All good questions and all things that we have thought about as well.
I do worry about whether we are making the right choice by doing this, but really, it’s hard to know what the right choice is. If it were just Toby and myself, I think I’d be a lot less concerned. But we are in a sense forcing our kids to do this. That being said, we’ve been having constant discussions with both of them for the past few months about this adventure and they are totally stoked and on board with this right now! If something changes down the road and they are not liking what we are doing, well then we’ll need to reevaluate and possibly make changes based on that.
The truth is, we don’t know what the right thing is. Parenting is hard. Is it ‘focusing on making your kids the best at some sport’ or ‘working 50 hours a week so they know what work ethic is’ or ‘doing what our parents did’. I can’t pretend to know what’s going to work and be the best for my kids, but we are in a place right now where we think that this experience is going to be the right choice.
Does that mean it’s going to be all rainbows and lollipops? No! I’m sure that there will be big trade-offs for this change in lifestyle. I forsee a lot of challenges and less than ideal situations. But we hope this is overshadowed by the amazing experience that we have and mostly we hope to grow together as a family.
Here are some of the things that have gone thru my mind lately about the possible pros vs cons:
- Spending as much time as possible with our kids while they still want to spend time with us
- Growing together as a family
- Focusing on accumulating experiences instead of things
- Exploring and seeing sights we would not otherwise be able to do under normal circumstances
- Giving the kids a hand-on education, where I’m hoping it is much more likely to sink in when you experience historical sights, science museums, etc in person
- Meeting people from all over with different backgrounds and perspectives, but also connecting with like-minded people who want to travel and experience life
- Experiencing nature more. We find our lives being taken over more and more by technology. I love technology, but I love the idea of getting outside more too!
- We’ll get to see some of our family and friends that live in other states. We find this pretty challenging right now, so we are looking forward to this
- Missing family and friends in Austin
- Lack of continuity …having the same friends, ability for the kids to play in organized sports and take extra curricular classes like gymnastics, art, drama, chess, etc
- Lack of me-time and personal space. We’re going to have to work something out for this.
- Won’t have all of my “stuff”, like cooking appliances, pots and pans, clothing, shoes, etc
- Unsure how homeschooling is going to go
- Unsure how working remotely is going to go
- Lack of access to stable health care options, including Brody’s doctor, eye checkups, dermatologist, dentistry
- RV’s are not good investments, we won’t be building equity in a home
- Internet access will be limited. We use internet for so much of our lives today, for entertainment, navigating, but also learning
It’s hard to anticipate all of the pros and cons, but these are the ones I’ve been mulling over in my mind.
As we get older, we find that we tire quickly of getting too comfortable in any situation. We have found that we like to get out of our comfort zone, on occastion, force ourselves to get in situations that challenge us. So that’s what we are going to do!
Here’s the thing, this doesn’t have to be a permanent change. We can do this for 6 months, a year, or 2 or 5 or 10. If we hate it right away, we can turn right back around and figure out what we want to do.
Another thing…RVing will be our new normal. Our everyday life. But if we need a break from RVing, we can still do that! We can schedule some time with Grandma and Grandpa or Geegee and Poppy or make a visit back in Austin with friends or plan a vacation somewhere in a hotel for a while or whatever. We can be flexible!
We are really excited about what lay ahead!