I still remember the day my wife looked at me and said, “Okay, I’m in.” I’ve always wanted to live an alternative lifestyle. Off the grid, maybe a boat, or an RV. It’s never been in me to follow the typical template of life. Graduate, go to college, get into debt, ﬁnd a job, get married, have some kids, and hopefully retire to enjoy the world sometime later. That’s not a bad way to live life but it never seemed to ﬁt with my personality. I’m a, “I want to do it right now” kind of guy. That’s both a good and bad thing!
Life on the road has been exactly what I thought it would be. Interesting. Interestingly awesome! There is something comforting about having everything you own being stuffed into 250 square feet and pulled behind your truck. Here are a few things we’ve learned so far:
1. Compromise is key
If you can’t learn to compromise with four humans in a tiny box…it will not be fun at all. There is deﬁnitely a lot of give and take when living in a small space. You can’t be selﬁsh. If you want to watch tv while the kiddos are sleeping, maybe think of a different pastime for that moment. If you want to take a 30 minute hot shower because you’ve had a long and dirty day, don’t forget that the boys need to take a bath!
2. Don’t always stick to the plan
I am one to always have a plan. I plan for contingency after contingency. You know, just in case. Life on the road is slow living. I’ve had to learn to slow down and just take in the day. Yes, you do need a plan and some structure but if the family is feeling like exploring something a little off the plan, just roll with it. That has deﬁnitely taken a lot of stress and anxiety off of my shoulders. I’m so use to the fast paced, “get it done” life
3. Put it down and look up
We are such social people that we are always social media socializing even when we don’t mean to. Our muscle memory tells us to pick up our phone when there is a moment of silence and peace. We’ve learned that we are so fortunate to be able to do what we are doing and to see what we are seeing.
The learning never stops. Life on the road can be a bit challenging but challenges exist to be overcome. Nobody said it would be easy. Many people in our life said it couldn’t be done. I’m here to tell you that it can be done and the dream is attainable. What in your life are you not doing because the leap of faith is just a little too long? I’m challenging you to do it. Draw up a plan and get it done. Don’t forget, it’s #YourRules.