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Over half a year on the road

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7A2BA45FD531386C486515751D3F0B0F.jpg We are into our seventh month of RVing , stationary in San Francisco Bay area until May. With February almost over, we are laying all our options on the table, the wants, needs and dreams. There is nothing wrong with chasing after your dreams, right? It is so confusing to make any plans for us, because we are very spontaneous people and don't always stick to our plans. We do set goals every January for the year, write it down and file it away amidst other paperwork. It never fails that it reappears a year or two later, while packing or reorganizing, just to realize that our goals were actually achieved. I am beginning to think, that once we put our goals on paper, subconsciously we aim towards them, approaching them as life unfolds. On the way to that goal we usually experience obstacles, forks in the road and big old potholes( as much as they suck, they can be the best learning experience). 7A2C6D7BBAF56888C84845D3756BC8FF.jpg Currently we are going through another change, which started with both of us getting diagnosed with medical issues a couple of months ago. After experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort I was diagnosed with a fibroid in my uterus setting me up with a surgeon to discuss my options. That occupied my mind and Tony could tell how it affected me and as the typical problem solver, opted for a change of scenery. That is when we spontaneously flew to Hawaii. I forgot about my medical issue, too excited to go back to the island where we met, but while Tony ran back to the terminal after returning the vehicle, he noticed some pain in his kidney.
During the flight the pain got stronger and by the time we landed in Hawaii he urinated blood and had to visit the ER on our first day on Oahu. Two weeks in Hawaii passed while he was medicated to deal with the pain. Back in California he actually passed the 14 mm kidney stone on his own, while sitting in the ER yet again, waiting for help. The doctors were stunned that he passed this massive stone, it was almost triple the size of kidney stones that could pass through the urethra without needing to get blasted. The urologist set up for the removal of the second kidney stone that was located above the entrance to the bladder. That stone was stuck due to inflammation caused by the first stone and had to be surgically removed. I have never seen my husband in so much pain. After that surgery he swore up and down to pass a stone naturally, before ever attempting that procedure again. The entire healing process took well over 2 weeks and kept us indoors. We were about to go stir crazy! 7A2D63B1EE17E5F5BCEDD1415AD6113A.jpg 7A2CE4E8927BB626D6D3820A75BE0CCB.jpg All our homeschool and college classes require hours behind the laptop, eating up the majority of our time. Come Friday night we are ready for a break, usually having dinner cooked early to set up Landon for a cozy night of gaming or movies. That gives us adults some time alone, outside with our outside fireplace, cushioned chairs, blankets and a couple of glasses of our favorite creamy Sherry. During that time we brainstorm our options for the next weeks, months and years. We confuse ourselves, wondering if settling down would be a wise decision, which leads to several hours of property searches, but still not feeling excited about it. We then wonder, if working in the corporate world would bring a sense of accomplishment, but we quickly toss that idea aside. What if we backpack for a while, or go to Europe for a few months, or should we fly to Australia or just take the RV across the States again starting in Washington state all the way to Maine, maybe Nova Scotia. We could also live in the Keys for a while... you see, we are at a big fork in the road. At this point I will let things just happen and still focus on school, editing my YouTube videos and work on my latest and biggest project yet. Unfortunately I can't reveal it, because it is at the beginning stages, but it will be one of my most complex and time consuming undertakings as of today.
One thing that I realized by living in an RV fulltime is, that I don't get sidetracked by chores around the house or the yard. Giving me more time to create and reflect, ultimately opening more doors to my own creativity, that I never knew existed. Sometimes it's good to step out of the circle and find yourself, whether you're out kayaking, hiking. Snowboarding or painting. IMG_20190302_084702_092.jpg This is our time out from the circle and for the last seven months we have learned, that we can do just fine without the material items, that downsizing down to the essentials is easier than we thought and that in return life gets filled with wonderful memories and stories. We have a little over 2 months left in San Francisco Bay area before we hit the road again. I am looking forward to see, what path life will take us on.

Posted by Meike Carter 00:56

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