A paradigm shift is something of an out of body experience. It’s a strange sensation and feels as though it happens over night.
Your whole life can revolve around one particular way of thinking, then suddenly, with inspiration from (usually) rather peculiar places, your whole mind-set shifts in a completely different direction from where you were headed. Snap. Like that a life-style or concept you never entertained before in your wildest dreams is your reality.
Your whole life can revolve around one particular way of thinking, then suddenly, with inspiration from (usually) rather peculiar places, your whole mind-set shifts in a completely different direction from where you were headed.
It was around March or April of 2017 when Steve and I were presented with the opportunity to purchase a 33′ travel trailer at an extremely good price. The trailer had some water damage, but it was camp-able and had ample room for our family of 5.
At first, we didn’t even really entertain the idea. Then, I thought about going in half & half with my parents to purchase the trailer as they were considering RVing full time and hadn’t actually been camping in an RV in decades, so they could use some test-runs with a cheap rig. Steve was dead set against the idea. It would just be one more thing we had to maintain and keep up. Never the less, I convinced him to buy the trailer and by real-spring (you know, when it ACTUALLY gets warm) she was ours and ready to hit the road.
But…that first trip out Steve and I were taken back by what we saw out of the kids. They were born explorers!
The first few trips were far from smooth sailing. The furnace and A/C weren’t working, lights weren’t turning on properly, the hot water wasn’t working, towing with our F-150 was a bit of a white-knuckle experience…the list went on and on. It turns out a trailer IS a lot of work and can be a constant stream of additional responsibilities.
But…that first trip out Steve and I were taken back by what we saw out of the kids. They were born explorers! They dug in the dirt, followed us fearlessly through trails and even off the beaten path. They pretended and played make-believe in topics I couldn’t fathom they knew anything about. All the while, we were busy repairing items on the trailer and completing the growing to-do list. It was amazing how they played without a word from us. They could have played for days. When we took the trailer back to it’s storage unit after our weekend’s adventure, they were disappointed and ready for more.
With the kid’s excitement fresh in our minds, we set out again a few weeks later, and then again and again. As the summer past we worked out all of the issues, the kinks, and the fears. Eventually, the whole family couldn’t wait for our next camping adventure. When we were in the camper, we forgot about our tablets, our cell phones, our laptops and TVs. We hiked, rode bikes, made so many donuts over the campfire we had enough to share with the whole campground. We made memories.
Summer 2017. It was a paradigm shift. It was the moment when we realized there was more to life than meetings, text messages, phone calls, and and a million kids activities. What it truly is…is memories, moments, and seconds that take your breath away.
Here we are today. The calendar says Spring, but we’re patiently waiting for the cold weather to thaw and for warm weekends to be filled with exploring. Our adventure awaits…down the Trail Less Traveled.