Living in an RV full-time has its advantages and disadvantages. At first, the thought of downsizing from a 2,200 sq ft home to a 500 sq ft RV terrified us. But we looked at every aspect and quick
ly realized living in an RV would set us up for long-term freedom and maximize the amount of time we were able to spend with family.
6 months into our full-time RV journey and we’re having a blast. It isn’t for everyone but I’ve been shocked by the number of families who have made the same decision. Although everyone has their personal taste for adventure, the decision to live the full-time RV lifestyle boils down to one thing: Freedom.
Freedom, defined, is the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. As an American, “freedom” is a word used nonchalantly in political discussions to support a patriotic stance of sorts. And as an American, I’m grateful for our freedom in that respect…but the more I experience the RV lifestyle, the more I realize how enslaved we are as a society.
Freedom, as the definition states, is a state of being; In other words, a condition or result of something. The condition or result of anything suggests there was a series of events that lead to a conclusion at a specific time. Therefore, “freedom” is the result of a process. Whether it be militant, parental, educational, or otherwise, we first learn, then we believe, and then we practice and draw our own conclusion.
Most people share the same overall vision in terms of life goals: Go to school, go to college, get a job, work, retire, etc. Parents teach us about school, so we believe and practice accordingly. Schools teach us about college, so we believe and practice accordingly. College teaches us about jobs, so we believe and practice accordingly…and so on and so forth from generation to generation.
Most people never take advantage of their freedom. Their goals are their parent’s goals and they live a life that follows suit. Every major decision, with some deviation, is made by a system that was created by the generations before us.
I want to state that I’m not suggesting the traditional process aforementioned is the wrong way to live. In fact, the traditional process works very well for a lot of people; arguably, most people, which is why the vast majority go down that path. What I am suggesting, is that we often pursue a path that leads to a lifestyle of freedom in exchange for current imprisonment.
I spent a week living the life of a man worth several hundred million dollars a few months ago and I quickly realized how depressing that lifestyle is – when you have everything, how can you appreciate anything? Everyone is familiar with the “what would you do if you had a million dollars” exercise. A better question, is “How would you spend your time if you already had everything?” Would you spend it with family? Would you travel the world? Would you help the needy? Would you try to make a difference and live passionately? Would you be in the same line of work you’re in now?
When we decided to live in an RV full-time, we went against the grain. And going against the grain shed a new light on what “freedom” actually means. For the first time in our lives, we’re not imprisoned. Life is about time, not money. And at this point in our lives, we’re spending it exactly the way we want.
Cheers, The Cobia Family