His & Hers: What We’ve Learned Out on the Road (Part 2)
In part one of this blog, we talked about the most eye-opening things in RV living and what surprised us. In this segment, we delve into how the RV lifestyle has shaped us personally.
Man, the personal growth in the RV lifestyle is a huge one. I always say that when you live on the road, your personal growth takes the front seat in comparison to any other development.
This is very obvious when you get back to what you consider your hometown. You realize really quickly that your friends are no longer interesting and you seem like an alien to them.
Living on the road brings you many challenges, some are major such as vehicle breakdowns, and some are small like forgetting to close a drawer while traveling and now all the silverware is all over the place. But to me, none of those challenges matter because it is ok to have things not go according to plan.
In this lifestyle, you plan for that as much as you can. Plus, being a person who works well under pressure, allows you the ability to be more relaxed and focused when it’s most needed, in a crisis situation that is.
Working on the RV has taught me patience. See, we learned that a 15 minute RV project YouTube video, literally translates to many hours, in reality, to get the project accomplished.
Included in those hours are many trips to the hardware store for parts that you didn’t anticipate needing, tools that you never thought you need in an RV, and most importantly, more trips to the hardware store after forgetting to get some parts on your first trip to the hardware store.
Have I mentioned that RV projects have taught me to anticipate that many parts, that you might not have, are needed when you start the project?
The hardest part, for me, about making this switch to living on the edge of society has been losing people I thought were my friends. Now that I was no longer convenient to them, I rarely heard from them. We didn’t work together anymore. We didn’t go to the same gym anymore.
There was no common thread anymore. It took an effort to maintain the friendship and I found that most people didn’t want to put in the work.
I came across this article and it made so much sense to me. I was having experiences these friends couldn’t relate to. We have nothing in common anymore. On the flip side of that, I had recently found the Xscapers. This is a crew of working-age digital nomads. I could be myself around these folks.
We could relate to all things about life on the road- black tank mishaps, Walmart parking lot camping, etc. They are all eager to share the best camping spots out there.
What we’ve learned on the road is that the mentality of full-timers is different from those living in “sticks and bricks” home. There is a true sense of community where everybody goes above and beyond to help each other.
There is a kind of pay it forward mentality that I have never seen before. The idea is that “we’ve all been there” and “somebody helped me when I was in that situation.”
What do you guys think of What We’ve Learned Out on the Road part 2? Have you experienced anything similar living on the road? have you learned anything additional that you would like to share with us? Let us know in the comments below.
Don’t forget to check out our (third blog) that has more of what we learned on the road.