Our Wild and Precious Life

…Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
~Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”

I have been trying to decide how to word this blog for quite some time now. How to make everyone understand what we are about to do. And why we are about to do it. But no matter how hard I try, I just can’t get it right. I’m not sure I will ever be able to. Even now, as I sit here determined to finally get this post done, I have no idea how I am going to do it. Just spit it out, I tell myself. But how? One word at a time…

Mistakes. I am finally beginning to learn that there are none. Everything in life happens for a reason, though it may take years to figure out exactly what that reason is. All those wrong turns we made in our youth, all our bold decisions, all the paths chosen in error. As it turns out, they weren’t mistakes at all. We learned things that we would need later in life. We learned what really mattered and what didn’t. We learned that not all of us fit into the same mold. Not all of us are meant to follow the exact same path.

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.  ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to W.M. Lewis

Last summer, feeling as though we had made yet another wrong decision, Rob and I began considering becoming full-time Rvers. Could we do it? Would the kids like homeschooling? Would we be able to find work? I must admit that I was much more anxious than Rob was in the beginning. I wanted to head out the door right that minute, but Rob was sensible, so we talked it up and down and left and right and inside and outside until the only thing that made sense was… going.

One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now. ~Paulo Coelho

Why? We were always restless anyway, always wanting to know what was around the next bend. We had yet to find a place that felt like home. We had already decided that we wanted to home school the kids. We all enjoy traveling and going new places. There are many work opportunities for people on the road. The education we would all receive would be priceless. The memories even more so. Not to mention that owning a home had lost its appeal after we lost our hobby farm

And suddenly, everything began to make sense. So we cleaned out our rental house, put our special things in storage, sold and donated a lot of stuff, found an RV that would work for us, purchased it and made it home. That was 11 months ago.

To change one’s life:  Start immediately.  Do it flamboyantly.  No exceptions.  ~William James

And now, in just two short weeks, we are taking off on a full-time RV adventure. All five of us along with our pets. Not many people understand why we are doing this. Even fewer approve. But we are doing this for our family, for our kids, for ourselves. Life is too short to be spent doing what everyone else expects of you. Passion. That is what we have been missing. And courage. Rob and I have finally arrived at a point in our lives where we have everything we need, and there is nothing stopping us.

This decision is definitely not without risks. We don’t have steady income from an online business or rental property so we will literally have to work our way around the country. Nor do we have nearly as much saved as we would like, so we will have to be very careful. There is a chance that a job won’t come exactly when we need it to, or something will break when we can’t afford for it to, but we all take that risk no matter where we are. And, I speak for myself here, I am more confident in this decision than I have been about anything for a long time, and I can’t tell you how liberating that feels.      

Never be afraid to fail. Failure is often the first step on the ladder of success. ~Vaughn Hay

So, as it turns out, all the mistakes we thought we had made were merely stepping-stones. They brought us here, where we found the final piece of the puzzle. And although it took us years to get here, we are exactly where we are meant to be at this exact moment in time. Are we crazy? Possibly. Or perhaps we have simply come alive, finally, and that is all we were waiting for.