“Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” -Winston Churchill
Do you have a something in life that you keep going back to over and over until you decide to take action? Maybe you are thinking about something now? Is it a dream vacation, starting a family, buying a house, moving to another state, getting a new job, a pool in the back yard, or maybe a fixer upper cottage on the beach or lake? We all have something, no matter what it is, right?
One dream specifically that we have talked about and returned to repeated has been the dream of owning an RV. Finally, after two years of shopping, researching, dreaming, planning, and watching our favorite YouTube RV families, we finally purchased our Grand Design RV.
After two years of in depth study, we found what we wanted. We knew where to get it, how much it would be, what we needed to get started, the whole thing. We had even driven out to the dealership and lurked around when they were closed. AND, to be sure we were going to like it, we rented an RV and took a long weekend to make sure that we would like the camping thing. (We aren’t really new to the idea. We both camped with our families as kids so don’t worry about us too much!) You’d think we would’ve been ready, right? HA!
When we finally made an appointment to talk to a salesman, before we left the house, the conversation was; “We’re not buying anything today.” We agreed.
I know what you’re thinking but bear with me! Of course, when we got there, we had no questions. We had seen our exact RV at the 2020 Florida RV Supershow in Tampa just a month before. We knew everything there was to know. We had no questions. So, what was left? That’s right. I already spoiled the surprise in the title! We bought an RV!
Okay. Now. Our someday finally came and three weeks after kicking things off, we picked up our new hobby and headed off on our first camping weekend. It was scary, fun, terrifying, and we had a ball! We are going to love it! Wouldn’t you agree that some of the best things in life scare you death?
Then a Pandemic outbreak brought the world to a screeching halt. With our beloved Virginia State Parks closed and a stay-at-home order in place, we canceled some of our plans and went back to dreaming.
For us, the long term plan is getting out there to see the U.S. in our RV. We have a bucket list of spots we want to go and now we have the gear that can get us up close and personal if we plan it right.
Our thinking in all of this is that we want to be sure that we don’t wait for some day, until we have the money, or worse, until we retire and have the time. The fact of life is, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. We work hard, we save our money, we plan a trip and we go! We go when and where we can. We are blessed, that is for sure! And while retirement might be the optimal time to travel, and we plan to keep going if we can, that season of our life is still a long way off!
So, for those that think we’ve lost our minds, I say, what is your dream and what are you doing about it? Make sure you aren’t dreaming your life away.