Naturally, we have met people along our path … hair dressers, doctors, fellow travelers, Pastors, neighbors (near our base-site this summer), friends/family we have visited (at their request), etc. They are all shocked and envious that after we both became part of a professional reduction in force, we sold our home, put everything we wanted to keep in storage, loaded up our minivan and hit the road with a tentative plan and a few invitations to visit along the way. Most people say, “Wow, I wish I could do that, but…____________!” or “I want to buy a pop-up trailer and do what you are doing, but…___________.” Also I’m asked, “How do you handle living so temporally, out of a suitcase, without a plan?” This is not a trek for everyone and it is perfectly fine if it would not be within your comfort zone.
I freely admit that I am learning a lot (in general and about myself) living outside the “house-box”. It is not something I am always comfortable with and I know it is temporary, so I’m learning to lean into it intentionally. Perhaps I can take this skill into the “house-box” when we again set down roots, make a nest. I have always liked order and living with a plan, to keep a daily to-do list and check them off as completed by the end of the day. Flexibility to obstacles of the daily-living-plan was essential and is not easy for me. I saw a sign in the home of friends we visited in September that has become my daily refrain, “Life is all about how you handle Plan B“.
Living inside the “house-box” isn’t always easy either, but much more familiar to me than living in a minivan and a suit case. Sometime we choose familiar over the “unknown” even when we are miserable.
Professionally my husband and I were not happy, but it was safe and familiar. I was in a marriage for almost 30 years, the last several years were miserable, but I stayed because it was what I knew, it was familiar, I hoped I could fix it. For me, for now, living in the unfamiliar without a carved-in-rock plan is a good thing, a very good thing… PLUS I get to see some really cool places for my “trouble”.