One of the biggest adjustments for us as new full time RVers has been figuring out what to do with our free time. As a home owner, it is amazing how much of your day is eaten up by maintaining a household. When you no longer have to mow the lawn and cleaning ‘the house’ takes 15 minutes, you find yourself with a lot more free time on your hands. The good news is that it gives me more time to write. The bad news is that right now there isn’t much to write about, so this will be a post about doing nothing… and it turns out that sometimes doing nothing can lead to a pretty full day too!
I still work remotely full time, so that takes up a good chunk of my day. I worked remotely when we lived in a sticks and bricks house too, so in many ways my life has not changed from what it was like before we hit the road. The only thing that has changed substantially is the view.
Bruce is officially retired from his day job now. Making the transition to keeping busy doing nothing has been a much bigger adjustment for him than it has been for me. Before retirement, his job was to provide technical support to computer users in a large office. He had worked at the same company for almost 20 years and had developed a great relationship with the people that he supported. Helping the people that he worked with and had grown to respect and admire gave him a great feeling of satisfaction. I don’t think that he realized how much that he was going to miss going to work each day and the adjustment has been more difficult than he thought it would be. Bruce was also always very busy around the house. Sitting idle isn’t something that comes naturally to him, so as he is adapting to his new life he is trying to keep as busy as possible. I think that it may be a while before he learns to just relax and enjoy his retirement.
Looking back, it is amazing how much of our day to day life was filled with work when we lived in a sticks and bricks house. Working for a living… Working to keep the house in order… Working to keep the yard from becoming a jungle… What do you do when you suddenly have extra time on your hands? Even though we want to travel and see all of the wonderful sights that the country has to offer, we realize that we can’t spend our lives as full time tourists. We know that we have to strike a balance between work and play. For us, full time RVing is all about slowing down and relaxing – taking time to enjoy what comes our way without the hustle and bustle we had grown accustomed to in everyday life. Like most Americans, this isn’t something that comes naturally for us, but it is something that we are learning to do.
Do you RV full time? Have you perfected the art of relaxation? We’d love to hear how you keep busy doing nothing!