The Best Laid Plans Goes Astray…
No matter how much strategizing life has a way of doing its own thing. This summer has proven that to be true. I would like to get real here for a moment or two. Sharing our setbacks and changes in plans.
Here is the truth, we are getting older. At fifty life is much slower and (not to be a downer) less exciting. The things that used to excite and move our emotions just don’t do it for us anymore. Every morning takes a little more effort to motivate. Life is not anew, it’s that same old hat. I now understand how elderly people become crotchety, the grumpy old man syndrome. I feel it peeking its head out every now and again.
Reality set in when we realize there is no way of getting around some type of permanency.
A stable place to call home. Whether it be a campground, small piece of land, even BLM land (semi-permanent). It’s still quasi-permanent. Even nomadic people had a migration pattern. So do we. Knowing we needed a steady income in the near future, we had to back up and punt. We are not pensioners, collect social security or independently wealthy. There has to be some form of income at some point. Here is where the problem lies. How to put down roots as cheaply as possible, remain somewhat mobile and reduce expenditures in today’s economy.
I frequently read on Facebook group posts (full-time camping threads) questions concerning making a living. How does one do it, traveling the country and making money? I won’t say it’s impossible, however, if you’re a prideful person I will say you will have a tough go at it. Changing jobs frequently is stressful, wondering if you are going to work today or tomorrow is stressful. Do you have enough money for the limited bills you do have, is stressful. Our age doesn’t provide us with the flexibility to constantly change our situation on a whim. We are on a two to three-year cycle. Not bad for our age.
So we have stayed put for the past couple of months taking care of multiple doctor visits (old age got us again). Battling out the aches and pains (where did that come from?) and learning what we can and can not do. Our YouTube site has been stagnant due to lack of content. Permanency doesn’t provide for interesting videos. Neither does waiting on doctor visits and surgery. Life is rather boring that way. It does allow for reflection on what is to come. Now we are back to the permanency thing. A ‘Catch 22’ or a full circle quagmire. We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t.
Limitations of income don’t allow for rent payments or mortgage (not that we want them). Moving to an area that allows full-time camping removes us from the labor force. So now what? What is good for the goose may not be good for the gander. This goose doesn’t want what comes along with brick and mortar housing. We like our simplistic life with all its navigational problems. This is most likely the most challenging change we have made yet. As the seasons change maybe we will have an epiphany that will set us on the right course. Until then more waiting and more reflection on this life in a camper.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde