Nomadic Simplicity, deconstructed

What do I love about it?

  • material simplicity – the psychological freedom this provides cannot be exaggerated
  • breaking out of the consumer culture
  • escaping the suburbia trap
  • a sense of endless adventure and frequent immersion in beautiful natural spaces
  • flexibility to visit loved ones
  • always having my private space with me

What do I not like about it?

  • loneliness
  • lack of community, or the familiar
  • a sense of purposelessness or of meaningless wandering
  • obsession with self (caused by too much time alone)

Ed’s comments about ‘freedom withdrawal’ hit me pretty hard. So did the comments about having children.

I do wonder if contending with an extreme level of freedom is giving me a sense of vertigo. If so, it seems like it may be worthwhile to sit with that discomfort and see what comes up, rather than make a hasty retreat to something familiar or traditional to fill that empty space.

I also wonder about motherhood. Did I actually ‘choose’ to be child-free? Or did my fearfulness of commitment and personal relationships force my decision? If so, that doesn’t sound like ‘freedom.’

Mostly, I wonder about my search for ‘inner peace’ in this whole exercise. Sometimes I wonder if I am still looking to the external world (natural parks, etc) to provide that for me.

I mean, is it really a spiritual exercise to demand a nearly perfect environment for contemplation? Or is it a better spiritual exercise to work on centering myself wherever I am? Even if I experience that space as irritating or chaotic?

I guess to put it more simply, is my transition to this lifestyle one of finding inner peace? Or of demanding outer peace?

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you go girl

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For those of you wondering where the RV talk went, I finally am writing a

maintenance, repair, and remodeling (yeah!) update for later this week. ; )

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9 months of sobriety today!

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If you enjoy Bob G’s comments, you should know he’s finally back to blogging. He just posted new videos of his nicely updated 1993 Lazy Daze RV.

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