Why We Sold Everything We Own To Live In a RV
So you read that right. My husband and I have pretty much put everything we own for sale. Tvs, games, vacuum cleaner, and more. Of course, we kept some necessities like, our underwear and a sleeping mask, but for the most part we are giving up everything. Even comfortable living quarters.
Can you imagine: two...shall I say….fairly overweight, messy people living full time in a traveling one bedroom bus? Because that's our new reality.. And a bus is actually bigger than our rv. We chose to make this sacrifice and live “Uncomfortably” for a time so we can well...Live in discomfort..
Let me explain... When I say discomfort I don't really mean discomfort physically, although, we will probably be uncomfortable living in such a confined space; but I mean this in a different sense. You see my Husband and I have become too comfortable. We settled down in a home we didn't like, in an area we didn't care for and work jobs we didn't want.. Because it was convenient, affordable and that's what society said we needed to do to be successful.
Before we settled we wanted to travel, we wanted to see new things and visit new places. We wanted to try those incredibly famous destination foods and experience new and exciting human experiences. But somehow the dream got lost and we got to comfortable with life as it was in the now, with work..catching up on tv shows spending our days inside sitting down on the sofa potentially wasting our lives when our dream was just outside the door.
As every day went by, it got harder and harder to actually get off our butts and find our adventures. We Grew more accustomed to watching others have fun and somehow tricked our minds into thinking that was enough. That if we stay where we are, eventually, those desires those dreams will come. But the truth is...they won't. We aren't going to experience any of that if we don't actually go out and do it ourselves.
You see, those people more than likely took a risk. To say yes to something that was potentially uncomfortable for a moment so that they can reach their dream. Getting in front of a camera for the world to see you is uncomfortable, meeting new people and putting yourself out there is scary and selling everything you own to live in an Rv is incredibly stressful; but in the end, discomfort leads to opportunity and in our case the opportunity to get up and move in a moments notice.
A year ago I desperately wanted to go on a missions trip to another country and had signed up to do so three years in a row, but I always backed out. Why? Because I was afraid. I was afraid to not make enough money. I was afraid I wasn't going to be good enough. I was also afraid of going on a long trip with people I wasn't very close to and low key, kinda scared not to have my mom… (yes im an adult, yes I still need my mom). But that fourth year I was ready to make my commitment. Ready to get over my fear and get a little uncomfortable and say yes. When I did this something magical happen… I went to Costa Rica! I stayed for 9 days, met some amazing people, helped the community, even got on stage and most importantly, I experienced those human experiences we desire so much like, culture appreciation, living in the moment, and experiencing life itself, not just in front of a tv screen. All by stepping out of my comfort zone and taking a risk.
When we tell people we how we want to live in the RV full time, we get pretty weird looks. Most people laugh and smile and some people give us the the ocasional “good luck with that” spill, they don't see it as a safe fundamental way to live or build a life. In fact, most people would say it's a step backwards from a home with a yard and all its furnishings to a mobile home with plywood walls and stick on flooring. It doesn't really shout success. But what is success? Is success a white picket fence? A 9-5 Job? Is success having the latest Iphone and driving the fastest car? Or is Success simply being happy with yourself and living in contentment with what you have?
My time in Costa Rica taught me this. The people that had nothing, from cardboard homes, dirt floors and really bad indoor plumbing were actually the happiest and the kindest. The people there were so much more noticeably happier than the people I knew here in the states. They didn't have that white picket fence but they did live Pura Vida. Which means pure life. Which reflects an attitude to live relaxed or laid back..the way of life..or happy. It's really a lifestyle they live to stay positive no matter what comes their way, always looking at the favor of the outcome. Although, Costa Rica is still a third world country they show success in attitude and living a lifestyle worth living.
I intend to keep Pura Vida in my heart, and choose to live in discomfort temporarily with the attitude of happy because, in the end, my success isn't a white picket fence; it's the memories and the friendships my husband and I will make along the way. And of course, the stamps in our passports. So as we think back to our surround sound system and plasma tvs, we say Pura Vida! Life goes on and we look forward to our next adventure! It’s a good thing we can probably take our whole house with us.
Much love, Ali V
Don’t be afraid to take risks