I had some interesting reactions from family and friends when I made my announcement in 2001 that I was going to become a fulltime RVer. They mostly fell into two groups: those who thought I was insane, and those who thought what I was doing was inspiring. I’ve often thought it was a good thing that the second group weighed in more than the first. Not that it would have changed my mind, but it may have changed the name of my motorhome. I named my rolling home “Inspiration.” I would have still started fulltiming even if its name had to be “Roving Lunatic.”
I’ve also had diverse reactions from others I’ve met along the way – some who find my lifestyle fascinating, others who couldn’t even imagine living this way. In any case, I’m extremely happy with my chosen lifestyle and the people I’ve met during it, and I hope they are with theirs.
I’m particularly touched by the people I hear from who say they’d love more than anything to live this way, but it’s just not possible for them. Sometimes that may be true for whatever reason, and maybe it’s just a matter of waiting, but to everyone else, here’s some applicable advice from a very wise man:
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
– St. Francis of Assisi
If you want to read more about my decision to go fulltime, see my personal journal at Inspiration’s Journey.
I got to thinking about these things as I read a thread on the RV.Net Forum about one guy’s reaction from an in-law that fulltiming is not “normal.” Here’s a link to the whole subject, “What Relatives Think,” but following is excerpt I found particularly interesting:
“The ‘RV Lifestyle’ you have evolved into is a symptom of underlying problems. Normal, productive, full time employed people seldom choose to live in RVs on a permanent camping trip.” Sure he’s entitled to his opinion, but he’s really ‘down’ on us because of it. Fulltimers are normal productive folks! Fulltimer Bill
Let’s hear about the most unusual (or usual) reactions you’ve heard in Comments below!