Mesquite Sunrise . . .
What makes a satisfying life on the road?
Living a satisfying life on the road is more than discovering beautiful places to camp, maintaining the rig, and knowing when to empty waste tanks. Sure, practical knowledge and skills are important.
Part of the vagabond life is the avoidance of physical discomfort.
Don’t run out of propane, keep the fridge stocked, make sure the drinking water is fresh and clean, find a place to dump trash, inflate the tires properly, angle the rig for sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon, etc.
Exquisite sunsets and breathtaking panoramas give little joy to a worried mind. Stars have no sparkle when seen through eyes of fear. Perfect silence loses its restorative power if loneliness has its way.
Worry, fear, and loneliness derail happiness.
Maybe that’s a topic worth writing about, but I’m not going into that today. So what is it that brings satisfaction — or fulfillment, if that’s a clearer term — to our daily lives on the road?
What makes this way of life more than an extended road trip?
I suspect every full-time RVer would answer differently. When I try to list what it is that makes my life full, I’m overwhelmed by the task.
Let’s see . . .
Bridget and Spike provide laughter and comfort every day. Writing this blog, sometimes making people laugh, learn, and reflect, and helping people realize their dream give me purpose.
Exploring nature and learning more about the natural world enriches my days. Books and the internet stimulate my mind. Photography reminds me to stay aware of the world around me and serves as a means for creative expression.
Friends and acquaintances warm me with their personalities and kindness. And, of course, there’s freedom. Freedom to roam. Freedom to live my own way. Freedom to be me.
Most of all, my life on the road is satisfying because of gratitude.
Everything is a gift!
What’s on your list?