Is it general knowledge and experience, hands-on skills, business savvy or the ability to utilize technology? What is it that makes it possible for some families to successfully live a nomadic lifestyle?
Like many wannabe full-timers, we have been reading all the RV blogs, joining the forums and participating on many Facebook pages. We are soaking it in and gathering our info. This beginning process has been both inspiring and intimidating.
We’ve noticed plenty of areas where we are “lacking” experience. This feeling of inadequacy has led me to create and evaluate a list of our challenges and strengths. It’s going to be interesting to see if we have what it takes to hit the road and maintain our travels.
What do other full timers appear to have, that we lack?
Handyman skills of any sort. Ok this is a big one. Pete and I have many creative talents but neither of us are handy with building, fixing or using tools. We are amazed by the beautiful custom modifications that people make to their rigs. For us, if duct tape can’t fix it we are screwed!
Technology knowledge. We are technological dinosaurs. I JUST gave up my flip phone and never learned how to record on my VCR. It feels like an overwhelming task to get mobile with our technology. We are starting from scratch. We owe a big thank you to Technomadia for all of the free information and ideas on their blog.
Mechanical skills. Mechanics hear “cha-ching!” when we walk through their door. The only belts I know about are made by Gucci and Louis Vuitton. If we break down, we are calling for a tow and arriving at the shop like baby gazelles on the Serengeti.
Navigational skills. I used to pride myself on this one. I HAD an innate sense of spatial awareness. But, since giving birth to my 4th baby, this part of my brain is lost. We are going to zig-zag across the country.
The big safety net. No rich uncles, no new RV warranty, no giant nest egg and no computer run business. We are selling Pete’s book Dear Lilly, teaching hoop classes , and work camping. We are taking it month-by-month on a wing and a prayer. A leap of faith, if you will. Scary yes… but I’m not worried.
What we DO have is a magnificent set of intangible skills:
We’ve got heart. We are motivated and so thankful to be putting our efforts into earning a living through our passions. We see this as an opportunity to live life on our own terms.
Perspective. The secret to having it all is knowing you already do. We are already blessed and have everything we need.
Sense of humor. This is plentiful. We definitely get a big kick out of our own shortcomings. I am a strong believer that sometimes you have to laugh, so you don’t cry!
Music & Hoops. It’s what makes our world go round. Filling our days with intoxicating music and the bliss of dance keeps our spirits high. We might run out of gas on our tour, but we will never run out of what truly fuels this family.
Nothing to lose. The most glorious and freeing thing about being broke is that there’s not much to lose. The only way we’ll lose is if we don’t go out and capture our dreams.
The practical minded person will see that our planning and skills are sub par. Others will see it differently. Is it the cold hard facts that we don’t have the essentials, or are a dreamer’s spunk and doggedness enough?
We would love to know what you think. To the families who are full timing: What do you think is most important? What skills do you possess that make you a successful nomad?