As we are concluding the hateful process of replacing the car and preparing to get back on the road after a MONTH of crazy pitfalls the question of “why” keeps coming up–as in ‘why are we bothering to do this?’ Is full time RVing really worth it? Is there a better way to enjoy travel and adventure–by balancing the spectacular with the mundane? These are tough questions because we knew from the beginning that there would be hard days–weeks even.These types of difficulties are the “stress-testing” of this type of lifestyle.
I don’t know what the right choice is going to be for our family in the long run. I fully intend to ride this out and make a solid year of it before considering plan “B” (pull the ripcord and bail). It’s totally possible that we just had a rough patch and will pull through it brilliantly and won’t ever want to consider quitting again. The question always comes down to quality of time spent together on adventures–which is not always congruent with quantity of time spent in pursuit of adventure! If there is anything I’ve learned from the last month it’s that being out on the road can actually slow you down and kill a lot of time when things go wrong. That’s not just inconvenient and costly, it slows down momentum of climbing and creative projects that I am working on to change the landscape of type 1 diabetes.
Like most difficult decisions I believe the answer will be some form of compromise–choosing the downside that allows for the greatest upside. The option for no downside at all doesn’t seem to exist. Accepting the realization that a sacrifice must be made under the best circumstances is the best way to make deliberate decisions rather than being victimized by mishaps. This is a major part of my view on life with type 1 diabetes. The time we have is an investment and death and discomfort will come to us all sooner or later no matter our choices or station in life. It’s better to figure out what is worth suffering for than trying not to suffer.