Freedom. To chose. To live. To follow your heart. Everyone has this right. We are not all meant to follow the same path. While we are led to believe that we must own a home, drive a fancy car and enroll our kids in every sport known to man in order to be happy, this is simply not the case. This is not the path for everyone. Nor should we be forced to follow it.
We made this change in lifestyle for our kids, not in spite of them. They are our inspiration. They are our purpose. They are the ones who really matter. Our job is to raise happy, healthy, educated kids. There is no better education than first-hand experience. No better way to fully understand something than to witness it for yourself, experience it for yourself. No better way to fully appreciate our world than to travel it. Explore it. Live it.
Rob and I are downshifters. We have chosen not to keep up with the Joneses. Instead, we are choosing family. We are choosing to spend our time and lives exploring the country, and if luck has it, the world, with our children. We are choosing family values over everything else. We are focusing on what really matters to us: our children, our family. We firmly believe that everything we are doing will only benefit our kids. It is our hope that they will be well-rounded, well-educated, well-traveled members of society. This is our dream.
We want our kids to know that it is not what you have that matters, it is who you are. What is inside your heart. The person you are when nobody is looking. That is what really matters. That is what will truly make a difference.