Stay Cool (RV Life Lesson One)
August 1st, 2018.
The plan was to get Muthur to South Dakota as quickly as possible, spend a couple weeks in my parents driveway working on some aesthetic updates to our new home, then travel to see friends out in WY, CO, and maybe even OR. Then get Justin out to California for a work gig. Just a few hours from that first final destination however, the road taught us the first lesson of full time RV life: plan loosely (and try to stay cool).
What I’d envisioned as a short two week stay at my parents place turned into nearly 3 months. Muthur needed some work (with potential to become serious work $$$). Our recommended RV mechanic was weeks behind, plus needed to order parts, so it was going to be a minute. (Why didn’t we find another mechanic? I’m from the Midwest; we listen to our parents, even as full-grown adults. Not to mention the fact that my siblings and I refer to one of ours as Boss Man. So, no, we didn’t look for another mechanic).
So like true millennials, Justin and I were 30+ somethings living at my parents’ house. He flew to California for a couple weeks in October, and I hung out on my parents couch, expanding my Real Housewives repertoire. Was I bummed about not being out on the road, knowing as snow already fell in South Dakota that our travel plans to visit friends in the Northwest would have to be put on hold until warmer weather?* Assuredly. Was I totally overwhelmed by the fact that I’d gone from Brooklyn (super liberal) to South Dakota (super not liberal) and I realized I was the one who needed to speak in hushed tones with friends about politics when out in public spaces?** Very much so. Did I have a few moments where I totally lost it and thought I’d made a huge mistake? One that affected not only myself, but also my partner, who’d taken a huge career risk by leaving NYC to go along with my crazy idea of a life on the road? Yeah that happened a few times.***
I didn’t always stay cool. I realized though, that even if I did have melt downs, this was part of the deal that I’d signed us up for, and mini freak outs would be part of it. There never is a guarantee that things will work out the way you’d planned, living life full time in the RV (and even just our beginning attempt to) extrapolates that fact.
It worked out. Eventually the RV was fixed and the problems weren’t as serious as they could have been. Having those extra weeks with my family were a #blessing. Writing this in retrospect, I wouldn’t change how those weeks worked out. #cornyending
*I’m aware that you can prep RV’s for colder climates, and that winter is a beautiful time to see some of the states I’d mentioned, but I’m all about a year of avoiding the cold.
**I’m not the most political person generally, but its hard not to be when our president is so clearly attempting to create fear and division in a country that stands for strength and unity.
***Juul CBD pods and Moon Juice SuperYou Supplements may have helped. Maybe its real, maybe its placebo effect. Whatevs, worked for me.