Wednesday, September 29, 2010

They Just Don't Get It!

People are constantly stopping by our house to visit. That’s not a bad thing. We know a lot of people around here. Dawn was raised here and I have lived here thirty years.

Recently it has been interesting to watch people faces when they come in and notice the absents of furniture and knick knacks. They always ask where is all your STUFF. We explain that we have sold a lot of STUFF and will soon be moving into our RV and hitting the road.

This explanation always brings on a lot of questions. First question is usually, how long you going to be gone? We explain we are not sure how long we will be gone. It all depends on how long it takes us to see all we want to see. We have even had friends ask just what on earth is it we think we needed to see out there? They just don’t get it!

Second question, what are you going to do with the house? We explain that we are going to sell it. They get this look on their face and then tell us that we can’t just sell the house and hit the road. Where will we live when we get finished traveling? We explain we are not sure. We are pretty sure there won’t be a housing shortage when we get ready to settle down. We might find another area to live instead. They just don’t get it!

Third question, What about your family and friends? Sure some of family members think we have a loose screw but, for the most part, they wished they could do the same. We all have cell phones and computers. We can continue to communicate just as we do today. They just don’t get it!

Of course we have a few friends and family members that think we are totally insane and won’t last a month on the road. Dawn and I have discussed why some people give us nothing but negative comments about living in our RV. We had to stop and put ourselves in their shoes. These people that make those negative remarks don’t go anywhere. They are homebodies. There are some that are afraid of their own shadow. There are also those that get so set in their ways and change is very hard to take. Some cannot imagine living anywhere else beside in their hometown. Some are so physically attached to their families that they would not go anywhere unless the entire family went too. They just don’t get it!

We had a friend recently tell us that we are crazy! The scenery might be a little different but the people are all the same wherever you go. There is nothing out there worth giving up your house and all your STUFF. That comes from someone that was born and raised in this small town and anything outside of it upsets their comfort level. They just don’t get it!

We have also been told that it will be dangerous for two women to be out on the road alone. That person doesn’t know us as well as we thought they did. We are perfectly capable of taking care of ourselves. Dawn has had her hand gun license for a good while and grew up hunting. She knows about guns and how to use them. I on the other hand can carry a mean case of PMS and no one wants to cross me. All kidding aside, we have traveled a good deal by ourselves and are always caution and don’t take any chance.

Anyway, they just don’t get it!

We also realize it is not everyone’s cup of tea. Why can’t people just be happy for us and stop with all the negative comments? Maybe we won’t live in the RV for more than a year or two, who knows? But one thing about it, we can say is we did it!