We’re launched! It’s been way too long for me getting back on the road. RV living is where I’m most at peace, and my world feels right. I love the challenge of creating harmony between Stephen and I and getting ready to leave is no different. I’m always learning so much about myself and how I choose to interact as we pursue our dream life.
Below is a video of Stephen packing up the underbellies of all the things we don’t need for every day but need to have along with us. The video is pretty straight forward, but as I was recording it I found out that Stephen was bringing along big rubber boots!
Well, I’m the kind of person that thinks you should only bring along what you’ll use as you travel. Rubber boots? This could have led to quite a “conversation” meaning me wanting an explanation for including them in the must haves. Instead, I asked gently, why they were important to him. His answer was, “Secretly I have a fantasy that we get to stay in Canada, and I’m pretty sure I would need them then.” I loved this answer! Who wouldn’t want to buy into this secret dream? Especially when RVing is all about living a dream. Anything can happen when you’ve thrown caution to the wind, and lead your life by synchronicity. This state of mind builds flexibility into one’s character!
“Marriage is the union of two ‘I’s to form a ‘V’. Both ‘I’s have to tilt equally to make a good ‘V’. ‘I’s standing tall can never make a ‘V’.”
― Ashok Kallarakkal
And, it’s so nice to relax my hold on everything fitting into how I think it ought to be. RV living keeps making more and more demands on my character. Those boots have come to symbolize possibility and synchronicity. I referenced this state of mind even more in an earlier post called Letting Go.
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What is flexibility? One definition is: the quality of being able to change or be changed easily according to the situation – willingness to change or compromise
Here’s another reflection on doing something different.
“How do we become more flexible?
Well, you could just nod sagely about what you have read. Vow to make some changes in your life. And then go on exactly as before.
Or you could do something different. You could identify one aspect of your behavior you seldom use. Perhaps the opposite of how you would normally behave in a certain situation, like listening more, or speaking up. Then you could actually see what happens as a result.
That, in a pretty short, crude and simplified nutshell, is what Do Something Different is all about.”
I got another opportunity to check my flexibility when last night we were sitting and enjoying the lake view at our campground. Stephen brought out his electric guitar to play some music. Electric guitar? He usually travels with his acoustic guitar. He brought 2 guitars?? He didn’t talk to me about it? Took a deep breath and laughed at myself. What a control freak.
Here’s a map of where we’ve been so far. Taking all the back roads. Think we had to do one stretch of interstate for about 5 miles. Such a different experience in the slow lane.
Our first night was free at the Springer, New Mexico Gas Station where you can overnight park. After that we headed out to Clayton Lake which was beautiful and enjoyed seeing Dinosaur tracks but winds prevented Kayaking. The last picture is of Stephen kicking back and playing guitar at Wilson Lake in Kansas. Today we do laundry and errands while at the Elks club (donation only) here in Grand Island, NE. It rained all night and finally cool and pleasant. You’ll hear a lot about free camping because next to fuel, it’s going to be our next biggest expense. We’re going to try to do this on our Social Security income!