As our world and lives become more and more complex, more and more people are choosing to opt out of the traditional image of the American Dream and are instead living the RV lifestyle . We are conditioned as we grow up to follow a certain path – school, job, home, family, wealth (stuff) and of course death. The object was to give our young better than we had growing up.
50 years ago, that was it – not many people broke that mold, and the ones who did were living FAR outside the mainstream. To be fair, 50 years ago that version of the American Dream was much easier to obtain and much more fulfilling once you got there. It took very little to measure yourself successful. But as the years have gone by, the Smiths and the Jones’ have turned this dream into something resembling more of a nightmare, and so much harder to obtain then it was for the Cleavers.
Once you obtain all of this stuff, you then need to maintain it. Quarter acre lots and McMansions are lovely, but not everyone wants to spend their weekends mowing all that grass. All the time required to obtain and maintain leaves us with precious little time for family, and THAT’S what this is all for, right? The end game of course is to be able to retire and spend as long as we like in the mountains, exploring the National Parks, or at the beach.
That is why in recent years, more and more people are choosing to find a new American Dream – to trade the attainment of stuff for shared experience. This is to change our paradigm and redefine the meaning of wealth. True success now comes with a life well spent – with family and adventure. After all there is a whole world out there.
Why should we create a schedule that precludes us from enjoying it (outside a week or 2 each year)? Why not just go out there and LIVE in it? Why should we slave away to spend a week at Yellowstone and then proudly cast the pictures onto our 70 inch TV screen? Why not go spend a MONTH at Yellowstone looking at it on the biggest screen imaginable- live and in person?
Of course to do this means giving up the ingrained mindset that calls us to chase wealth- to live, in a word, cheaply. This is not to say that no-one gets wealthy living the RV lifestyle, it is simply to say that this is no longer the point of it all. The point becomes to find comfort with less – to focus our time and attention on quality time spent and experience. So again we find ourselves in a place where it takes very little to measure yourself successful.
In the traditional world many people- without really thinking it through – consider those of us who are full time RV living to be a sort of underclass- after all we tend not to have as much stuff right? Those of us who have realized the true benefits of living this way know something that they don’t. We consider this life to be an upgrade: