My husband and I are fans of YouTube documentarians Gone With The Wynn’s. Last night, we watched their most recent video about catching lobsters for dinner. I’ll link the video below for reference.
After watching the video, I told my husband how I wanted to live our lives the same way. Casually, he tells me: “We’ll have to give up a lot in order to have that life.”
Wow… I haven’t gotten it off my mind since. We’ve always talked about living in an RV, but we’ve never acknowledged how much we would give up in the process. But when it comes to our current situation, would it really mean giving up a lot of norms?
The American dream for my generation is to go to college, score the big job, buy the best house, get married, and have kids. All of my peers have grown up to do the same thing. And it’s what I’ve dreamed of my entire life.
How come we have yet to settle down and do all of these things?
For one, I haven’t found that one job I loved. I’ve been in and out of every industry imaginable. The only ones I enjoyed were usually the part-time jobs or the ones which paid very little. My absolute favorite was working at an event arena doing housekeeping and conversions. It was back-breaking work, but I looked forward to work every day. I didn’t even mind the late night hours. Of course, it was inconsistent work and only paid $10/hour. It’s hard to pay off your student loans and keep your rent paid in full with that type pf income.
Second of all, my husband and I have always been restless. We’ve dreamed of living all over the place: the east coast, Florida, Alaskan Bush, and even over in Europe. There is so much to see and experience, and we don’t want to miss out on it. Simply vacationing in these places doesn’t offer the same experiences compared to actually living there.
Third of all, and probably the most obvious, we can’t possibly have a house or settle down if we want to basically live everywhere.
I’ve always had a desire in the back of my mind to live in a renovated school bus or RV. Having our home on wheels means we can travel with ease to wherever we want and have those experiences we desire. It’s why we’ve pushed for minimalism and downsized much of our possessions. It’s why we’re paying off our debt so our money can go towards these dreams.
After putting all of these thoughts and events together, I realized how willing I am to commit to this lifestyle, and how I’m on my way to changing a lot of things so we can have this life.