Full-Time RVers – How’s Your Sense of Humor?

 

 

Finding Humor

We are about 4,000 miles into our 6,000-mile round trip to Nova Scotia and back from New Mexico.  I can now say, with great authority, as  full-time RVers, living this lifestyle demands and develops a sense of humor

Here are the things that have happened to our rig during this journey. 

 

 

At certain times, rain pours in through a crack on the top of the window near the passenger seat. 

  1. Driving area needs to be re-floored because of this leak.
  2. Leak in back closet in bedroom – probably need new roof. 
  3. Slide out keeps blowing fuses.
  4. Step is persnickety about going in and out.
  5. Cabinet hinge broke and now has to be bungeed closed.
  6. Bookcase keeps jumping away from the wall and needs an L bracket.
  7. Ladder and rear of coach damaged because of driver error backing up.
  8. Coach tilting to the right – airbags problem?
  9. Floor needs to come up because of soft spot under the refrigerator.
  10. Hydraulic fluid reservoir for the levelers fell off.
  11. Brake system for the tow car had to be replaced.
  12. Sewer line on gray water tank broke from vibration (Stephen fixed this).

Now, what would be your go-to emotions about all this adversity?  Anger?  Frustration?  Well, we did indeed feel each of those deeply for a few moments.  Not funny situations, right? But we try hard to morph those emotions into things to smile about.  Our life together on the road has proven to me that a sense of humor is a great coping mechanism!

Here is the essence of what I love about this lifestyle.  Yes, stuff happens.  Stuff happens a lot!  But, even while adversity occurs, the other side of the balance scale is getting filled up with great memories. 

I’m a pretty serious person, and for most of our life together I’ve been a little judgmental about how Stephen can just jump right into being amused by it all. Because of RVing, I’m learning to lighten up and be light-hearted.

When I look at the obstacles that come up almost daily when RVing through the frame of humor, I find the strength to put my shoulder to the wheel and carry on.  The challenges are cut down to a handleable size from the big monsters I originally thought them out to be. 

Here is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi.  I didn’t even know he thought he was a funny guy!

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”

I’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating, my worldview has changed significantly since becoming a full-time RVer.  Stephen’s wellbeing has become as important to me as my own.  I write about this in more detail here

Now, the desire to create the life I want to live is my motivation.  Stephen and I are now even more inextricably tied together.  When he’s stressed, my first thought is how to help him relieve that stress.  I know by lessening the number of stress hormones in our bodies, we increase infection-fighting antibodies.  Laughter eases our physical tension and causes our muscles to relax!   

If I make a conscious decision to bring lightness to any difficulty we’re facing and help diffuse our stress, I’m aware of my power to create a happy and loving environment for traveling.  My sense of humor is my most valued friend when we hit life’s speed bumps.

Stephen has a talent for the comical, and now that I fully appreciate this ability, I enjoy so many funny moments every day.  All we have in life is the present.  What I make of my life is transformed by choosing a humorous outlook.  Even at the most challenging moments.  By choosing laughter, I choose happiness.   Happy life or unhappy life – the choice seems like a no-brainer.  Read more about choosing happiness here.

Each day I consciously work on developing my sense of humor muscle.  What is so surprising is that as I do, my brain is automatically starting to see the funny side of life.  My thoughts are entertaining!  Another bonus that reinforces my changing behavior is making Stephen laugh when he finds me witty!  I love that!

So, ask yourself, what does it mean to have a humorous perspective on life as full-time RVErs?  What are some ways you can add humor to your road life and lighten up your travels?

After visiting friends in Vermont we went back to the Boston area for a couple days of being tourists.  We thoroughly enjoyed a day of boating around the harbor.  Then, we headed to Newport Rhode Island where we have friends and have visited before.  What a swanky place.  So happy to see the ocean again!  I knew we would be leaving the ocean for the final time so tried to soak it up as much as possible.  A highlight was visiting a museum of illustrators like Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish.  We’re on to Niagara Falls next!

 

10 thoughts on “Full-Time RVers – How’s Your Sense of Humor?

  1. Mike says that one of our best tools is that when you’re feeling our of sorts, angry, pissed, and/ or tired, remember to say out loud to whomever’s around,

    “SAVE YOURSELF!!!”

    The end.

    • Love that! Think of you guys often. Where are you spending the winter this year? We will hopefully get to the San Diego SKP and that means going to quartzite. Hope to hook up soon.

  2. That is so true, Britt! I can say from experience that finding humor in even the worst situations makes them more bearable!

    • Thanks Ivonne. I know life has thrown you numerous challenges and you’ve handled them with grace, courage and humor!

  3. I love the saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff…and it’s all small stuff.” In my view, having a sense of humor, and being able to make fun of yourself and the disasters you find yourself in, is just a way of applying that piece of wisdom to your life. Because the truth is, there aren’t many things that are going to happen in RV life that are really going to qualify as “big stuff.” Yes, leaky roofs and ruined flooring are a pain, but, in most cases, it’s not going to be life changing. It’s just about keeping things in perspective and realizing that most of it is minor aggravation. It really is therapeutic to laugh at yourself and, for me, to give others a reason to laugh too. Anyway, great article!
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    • Yes, perspective is everything. This is going to sound weird but I am turning 70 on Monday. You KNOW your life is finite and if that doesn’t give you perspective nothing will! We left Nova Scotia about a month ago and Lunenburg was definitely one of our favorite places. Actually, I think I left my heart in Nova Scotia. Thanks for your comment.

  4. A sense of humor certainly helps! Another thing that helps us keep our sanity is flexibility. After 3 years full time traveling, we’ve learned that things will go wrong and unexpected expenses will occur, just like they do in a traditional sticks & bricks home.

    • You are so right! Flexibility is a core character strength and isn’t it wonderful that we are strengthening that muscle each and every day!

  5. Humor is a great antidote to lots of life’s drama – which our nation is full of right now. Thanks for the reminder to remember no matter the circumstances, with a little humor – we can move to better days!

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