When I announced that I not only wanted to live in an RV and then later that I had purchased one and was in fact going to do exactly that it was met with some skepticism and opposition from others. It is sometimes difficult for others to stretch their thinking and beliefs about what is possible beyond their own knowledge and experiences. Although I’m not sure how big of a stretch it is to the imagination in my case. After all, I’m living in a Class A motorhome. It is considered pretty luxurious by some standards I suppose. Also, consider that people live in all sorts of different situations and spaces. Some people live in houses, others apartments, townhouses, condos, duplexes, hotels, motels, cabins, cottages, shacks, trailers, double wide houses, and tiny houses. They even live in tree houses, igloos, tee pees, wigwams, tents, huts, cars, vans, buses, campers, fifth wheels, trailers, RV’s and some even live in the great outdoors. People live and survive in these conditions everyday; some by choice and others by circumstance. I believe it is about the mentality and how an individual chooses to perceive their circumstances and react. Those with positive attitudes will fare well and most likely find a way to thrive and prosper. These individuals become resourceful and creative thinkers that stretch their thinking beyond what previous knowledge and experience has taught them. They seek to learn and go beyond their perceived limitations and they adapt.
Ironically, I use to be limited in my thinking on this subject. I remember many years ago some neighbors of mine were having a difficult time making ends meet and they made the deliberate decision to move their family into a camper to reduce their expenses and improve their quality of life. It was the talk of the neighborhood. “They can’t do that! That is ridiculous!,” everyone said, myself included. It was even suggested that it might be neglectful to their children and that the care they were providing was somehow “less than.” I’m now ashamed that my thinking was so limited and influenced by popular opinion and standards and that I didn’t find it in myself to support them. Now many years later I am enlightened on this subject. I sometimes forget how easy that flock mentality is to assume and I am astounded when it is reflected back to me. My own enlightenment didn’t happen over night. It came about through a series of events, situations and circumstances. More importantly I was able to reevaluate my opinion and make a conscious, and intentional decision to change my thinking. We all possess the ability to do that. I must now exercise tolerance and understanding while others work through their own thought processes and come to their own conclusions. Some may never get there and I just have to accept that.
The point I’m trying to make here is that humans are awesome creatures. We possess the ability to not only adapt to our surroundings, but to learn to thrive in them. If we look back throughout history we see that people then did not have the same advantages and conveniences that are available now. These things were developed over time as a result of inconveniences and discomfort. Therefore, being inconvenienced or uncomfortable sometimes isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It challenges us to stretch our thinking and creativity to find solutions to our discomforts. The next time my impulse is to think that something is not possible, I’d like to stop myself and turn my thinking around because perhaps it is possible and I will never know if I do not try.
Until next time, Live Authentic. Live Intentional. Pursue your dream. Live with purpose.
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