This year we have really kicked into high gear
getting ready to make our transition to retired full-time liveaboard
cruisers. We only have 1 year and 9 months to go, if we can sell our house.
In addition to working on the refit
of the boat we have been working like crazy on house projects getting it ready to sell. We have also started clearing the house out. Many items have been sold, others donated, and I don't know how many trips to the dump. Actually we are down to bare bones for furnishings and not much in the way of "decor." I like the look. During all of it I have felt nothing but elation and a sense of "lightening," feeling the shackles falling off and the burden getting lighter. Every single project
we have done and every item we have let go of has been a step toward our ultimate freedom. Until tonight......
We recently decided to sell our teardrop camper that we spent 2 years building from scratch. When I say recently I mean this week. Originally we had planned to keep it. But the logistics and expense of it just didn't make sense to us. We would not only have to store the camper, but also keep a truck to pull it with. That means storage
for 2 vehicles, insurance
on both, registration fees
. And where do we store it? We don't plan to have a permanent base, at least not at first. The name of the game
is freedom and not being tied to anything. So do we then have to fly to where it is stored just so we can go camping? We reasoned that all those expenses combined would pay for a couple of vacations a year to visit our kids
We put the camper on Craigslist just yesterday and tonight a nice young couple showed up in our yard with an envelope full of cash and drove away with it. For the first time throughout this whole process I actually felt emotional to see something go. I don't know if it was the time and work I had invested, or giving up all the fun camping activities that we no longer have time for anyway. Or maybe it's just that it all got really real all of a sudden. Not that it wasn't before....
I'll just be focused on the fact that the money
in that envelope will pay for a new suit of sails
for the boat and move on. But my reaction did surprise me a bit.