Anyone that knows me knows I am a planner. I’m actually pretty good at it. In fact, figuring out, planning and executing those plans have been a big part of my job for years. My planning has always extended to our personal life, too. I manage the budget, plan the vacations, figure out the best price/location for purchases, etc. I did much of the planning for the sale of all of our possessions and our house. I still plan most of the meals on our diet to keep us on track. So how do you switch all that history and habit and experience off and live an unplanned life? I don’t really have the answer, yet, and am certainly open to suggestions.
We had our first “unplanned moment” when we decided not to rush back to the coach in Colorado and instead went to visit the kids and grandkids in Kansas City. It was great. We loved seeing them and it felt right making seeing them our top priority. First step is the easiest, but certainly not the last. We’re back at the coach now and parked at the house of some good friends. We are enjoying their company tremendously, but the thoughts of “how long are we going to stay” and “where are we going to go when we leave” keep creeping in my mind. The need to figure out and settle “what’s next” is pretty strong. We’ve spent some time looking at campgrounds and planning a “route”. We even made and cancelled a reservation one place. And then, the thought comes back: Don’t rush! Take your time. Stop trying to see and go and do all the time. RELAX!!! BE PRESENT!!! All the rest will come in time.
It’s a struggle learning and embracing this new lifestyle, but it’s a joy to have the opportunity.