So much is up in the air here right now. I feel like we are fast approaching a crossroads in our lives. For awhile now both my hubby and I have been feeling dissatisfied, trapped, stuck in a never ending circle of mind numbing sameness: get up, struggle through the day, feel miserable, watch a bit of tv and go to bed. There's no passion for anything, no connection or fullfillment with the life we're building here. This is not how we want to live: this life of quiet desperation as Thoreau would say.
Two weeks ago we recieved notice that our rent will increase when we renew our apartment lease in April. Also we will have to go to a 12 month lease instead of continuing with the short term lease we currently have. We do not want to be locked in here long term. Though we love the layout of the apartment we loathe our noisy upstairs neighbors. The management is non existent and useless. And it's just too overpriced. We could easily buy a house for what we are paying in rent. So as soon as we got the notice we immediately decided we'd be moving in April. AGAIN. This will be my 5th move in the 7 years of my marriage. Two of those were cross country moves. Packing and moving all of our stuff is getting really old. So, we started halfheartedly looking around for a house to lease although we didn't really want to be tied down to a house here in Virginia. Then a few days later after a particularly crappy and stress filled day my hubby came home from work and asked what I would think of possibly buying an RV and living in it full time for awhile. I nearly jumped for joy!!!
Although most people will probably think we're nuts, ever since the first cross country 3 week road trip we took during the first year of our marriage, both of us have daydreamed about what it would be like to live full time in an RV and travel. I've probably mentioned this daydream several times here in my blog and I even wrote about it in my About Me blurb. Now it looks like we might really do it, kids, dog and all!!! We won't be traveling full time. My hubby isn't going to give up his job or anything that drastic. He'll still keep working a regular 9-5 but instead of wasting our money on rent we'll be buying an RV and living at various campgrounds within a short drive of his work. We'll try to do lots of weekend road trips whenever we can, which will be incredibly fun. Our favorite thing to do since we got married has been to hop in the truck and take off on weekend road trips. Now we'll be able to do so from the comfort of our own traveling home. I'm so excited, can you tell? We have tried and failed to do the traditional life kind of thing and right now it's not where our heart is. We just arent' happy. We want a little adventure. A bit of unconventional living. We want to redefine what Home means to us. We want to downsize and simplify. We want to live authentically.
So at the moment we're researching RV's and RV living, trying to sort through all our stuff and figure out what is necessity, what do we want to keep in long term storage and what can we purge completely. It's chaos here but I've never been happier.
So, any thoughts on our radical lifestyle change? Feel free to call us crazy. We probably are but we're going to be happy crazy people following a long held dream! Not everyone can say that. :)