We have been humbled by the many blessings we have received from the people we have met on our journeys. Many individuals simply cannot wrap their head around why or how we have chosen to live as nomads for a spell, and I can tell you it's a reality you must live through to truly appreciate.
The fact is, our lives haven't changed that much. Yes, we spend a lot more time together but the basic daily routines in life are always there. There is still laundry and dishes, bills and taxes and all that fun stuff. Each task may be a little more deliberate or thoughtful in its execution, however.
When you think of a life on the road, many envision beautiful vistas and fresh mountain air and the adventures. But we truly have to search these moments out, just as we would've had to in our previous life. We chose to search for these moments by attempting to block out the noise of everyday life. Minimize the chaos in a most literal sense.
The effectiveness of this action weighs heavy when you have to be more conscious of certain tasks, such as how much water you use when you take a shower or wash a dish. When we are boondocking and have no hookups, our power consumption is fairly relegated to devices running off a 12v system. And I must keep a keen eye on our propane tanks, so I know we can run the furnace at night to stay warm and keep our food cold in the refrigerator.
The most perfect example of failing to minimize chaos becomes a reality when we take a trip to the dump station and I revisit our bathroom contents from maybe several days prior as I empty our black tank. Then I clear out the hose with the afore mentioned (now also days old) shower and sink water. Rank. While each of these rituals takes but a minute or two, it all has to be done to ensure the future of the quest.
So, as we broadcast our journeys through photos and blogs, we strive to represent ourselves accurately and not as a band of whitewashed fairy tale runaways that some of our visitors might have presumed. Trucks break down. Kids get sick. Truth be told, we are still a family struggling to reclaim what is life. Our goal is to live more intentionally, so we have the free time and funds and energy to seek out our adventures. It is something you must commit to and work at daily.
Currently, this is working wonderfully for us and we hope it shall never end. We understand that this is not everyone's dream. And for some anxiety-ridden types, it should not be. But it's important to take some time out to meditate on what you want for yourself in life. Take necessary steps towards that goal. And if you suddenly find yourself elbow deep in your (or your family's) own excrement at some point, know that it too is part of a bigger journey. Then take a turn, breath in some crisp mountain air and step closer to that beautiful vista.
Following the Sun,