Chris and I knew we wanted to experience a life on the road, even if that meant suffering in some ways. We don't have tons of money and yes sometimes we struggle to make ends meet. Is it better though than having good paying jobs, never seeing our kids, and not living the dreams we want? For us, the answer is no. Even though we struggle, we know that this life is meant for us. Our kids are happy, we are giving them amazing experiences, and we won't have the regret of not living out our dream. To us, it's so worth it to take the chance and truly live our life.
We have been fulltimers now for 6 months and have met so many wonderful, unique and amazing people. To tell you the truth, we have met many snowbirds, many retired and many senior citizens. The campground we are living at right now is made up of mostly retired couples. We pretty much have the ONLY children and are the only couple under the age of 50. After talking with so many of these great people, they all have the same thing in common... regret. Regret for not taking chances. Regret for not truly living their life. The couple beside us is now retired. They are 68 and 69 years old. The husband was a sniper in Vietnam, he is sick, and he can hardly get around. She is retired, working her whole life and told me she has nothing to show for it. She has half a house and it has been their dream to get a camper and travel the country. Well now they are struggling with health. They waited, they have regret for not taking the chance when they were younger. We hear this story over and over and over. I can not tell you how many times we have heard this. So many older couples who are scared to spend their money, scared to take the chance, scared to let go of their belongings. My grandparents are a great example of holding on to "stuff". They don't move because they have so much stuff and yet they are in their late 70's. We DO NOT want to be this way. We are taking the chance. We are willing to live paycheck to paycheck. We are willing to count on His blessings to make ends meet. We do not want to live to save and not live in the mean time. We want to give our kids all the experiences we can and to know that we LIVED with them. All these couples we have met agree with everything we are doing. They are well above us in years and yet they always tell us we are doing the right thing. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring. We don't always know how we will pay our bills but we do know that we are living our dreams. Chris and I have always wanted to get a camper, create experiences, travel the country, live on the road and now we are doing just that. It may not be easy, it may not be perfect, and it may not be your way but it is our way and we are doing it. The point is, take the chance, live your dreams and have no regret. Whether it's going to college, moving to a new state, getting married, or traveling to a new country... step out and take the chance. Later on, you will appreciate the risk of trying something new, something different. Get out there, LIVE YOUR LIFE!