“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do then by the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Attributed to Mark Twain
Although the quote is “attributed” to Mark Twain, there seems to be no documented proof that he actually said it. But no matter, I stole it from Bob Well’s blog Cheap RV Living.com. Whoever it belongs to, it seems so appropriate for those would-be RVers that state that they want to get on the road, but for any number of reasons put forth, just don’t make it happen.
Of course, if there is a serious health issue or financial hardship, that’s reason enough to stay home. Or if the RV lifestyle is “just not my cup of tea”, I get that. RVing, particularly full-timing it, is not for everyone. But what about the rest of us? Particularly, what about those of us that admit to wondering if we’ve waited too long. I know I’ve at least wondered about it.
I can’t say whether our case is different. We’ve owned an RV for pretty much the entire 33 years that we’ve been married. And we’ve actually traveled quite a bit, usually a couple of weeks at a time. We’ve been nearly all the way down Baja California on the Sea of Cortez side pulling a 27 ft. travel trailer. And we have taken our motorhome from S. California to the San Juan Islands in Washington, pretty close to the Canadian border. And on other occasions, we’ve motorhomed it to Montana, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Been all over Southern Utah and Southwestern Colorado, and a bit of New Mexico and Arizona.
But we’ve never been full-timers. Careers and “life” kept getting in the way for legitimate reasons. But now is different. Now we want to be full-timing it so much that we can taste it. That’s why I have trouble understanding some of our fellow blogorinos who seem to have nothing stopping them but the will to get on the road. Some even have RVs and time on their hands. Money seems not to be the issue in most cases. So what is it?
I have a theory. I think it’s related to that old bugaboo…fear of the unknown. You know how many books have been written about overcoming fear and “fear of the unknown”? More than four, I can tell you. Maybe more like 4 million. And you know what they all pretty much say about fear of the unknown? It’s the automatic aversion, feeling and anxiety that we feel to something we have not experienced. Guess what they say the solution is? Try and “experience” whats causing the fear in little dosages. How many times have we read that among other RV blogorinos. If your not all that experienced in RVing, don’t just start right out full-timing it. Take short trips, maybe starting with weekend trips.
Well, that makes sense for getting over the fear of inexperience. But what if the question “Did we wait too long?” is related to age? In my case, I’m 67 as this is written. By the time we get on the road as full-timers, I’ll be 69. I’d be less than honest if I didn’t say it was a concern of mine.
I can say there are probably mitigating circumstances. For one, I ‘m in relatively good health. There are a lot of people my age who cannot say that. Also, the better half is only 61. I wonder if anyone would suggest that a 61 year old would have “waited too long”.
So, is it as simple as a state of mind, all things being equal? I’d be very interested in your opinion.