One year ago tomorrow we will have been on the road one year. 365 days today. This isn't a "year in review" post because I just don't feel the need to go over everything we have done. But I would like to tell you a few things about our life over the last year
We've had a good time and only confirmed we love this life and made the right decision.
With our festival schedule during the summer we get lots of traveling time and with our winter gate guarding in Texas we've joined a community of people like no where else.
We've been to 10 different states, through many others and visited many places in between. We accomplished our winter goal of not being where it snows. (I have yet to avoid being in tornado country in the summer)
We have met some good people on our travels and some of those we are in touch with regularly.
We've been able to travel at a relaxed pace and this has made us both more relaxed and mellow.
We've done a few things that have pushed our limits and made us realize we ARE capable of more than we imagined.
We've gone back to being each other's best friends and back to feeling and acting towards each other that reminds us of when we first started our lives together.
We realize just how much we miss our children and grandchildren and how they grow soooo much while we are gone.
We miss our friends, but think of them often.
That's it. No more buts than that.
And that surprises some people. We don't miss our house. We don't miss our jobs. We don't miss the predictability of our "work to pay for the house" days. We don't miss the bullshit we could never do anything about anyway. We don't miss the local newspaper. We don't miss the "comfort" of our own supermarket, shopping centers, repair shops or any of the myriad of things that we took for granted in our "comfortable" sticks and bricks life. And we don't miss the "stability" of our old life.
We don't see the end game of living in one place again. Sure, we make plans for the someday of not being able to do this anymore, but we still feel that's a long way off.
We still have friends that don't understand how we can do this, but we also have friends that think it's great and those that do outweigh the ones that don't.
Yes, we were nervous about dumping everything we owned and knew, but the excitement of hitting the road and starting this new life far outweighed that.
We meet a lot of fulltimers that are retired military and I think that lifestyle prepares us more than any other factor for life on the road, and me in particular. I'm an Army brat. I met Dave while we were both in the Army and we moved a lot during Dave's 22 years in. Moving down the road is bred in me. I think I was more unsettled being settled. Nineteen years in one spot was enough when I had spent more than 35 years moving.
We are glad we didn't wait another 10 years to get started. We love this life and after 365 days we have only reaffirmed our decision.
See you down the road...........