If I was a better writer I could have written that! It pretty well
describes my own itchy feet.
Chuck is my favorite author of all things
that are RV-related. He has been a writer all of his life and edits the
weekly RV Travel.com newsletter that I look forward to reading
every Saturday morning.
I recently came across this essay again from
Issue 635 dated April 26-May 2, 2014. I think I've included a link
previously but can't remember for certain. You can read the relatively
short essay here or click on the link to see it online, with a cute cartoon.
Here's Chuck's "circus" essay:
I came across a book recently about "Running Away With the
Circus." But what it was really about was running away from one's
present life and to a new one. Quitting an executive job to take up
pottery-making would be an example. Retiring early to go full-time RVing
would be another.
When you were young did you ever dream of joining the circus? I
did. Oh, I was never serious about it, but I did ponder the idea of
drifting from place to place gypsy-style. I have never understood my
need to be a drifter. Some people need to plant roots firmly and then
stay planted. I never desired deep roots, but shallow ones that could be
easily replanted elsewhere.
I know people who love one place. They may try living in different
towns, but never feel quite at home until they arrive in a special town
where, for the first time, they feel complete. "This is it," they say,
and that is where they remain forever.
I have never found such a place. My place has always been
somewhere different from the place before. And my house — my very
favorite house — has always been my motor-house, the one that allows me
to live as a gypsy without being so conspicuous that people think me
odd. I like waking up often in a different place, but I especially like
it when I awake in such a place in my very own RV's bed. I believe this
is like having your cake and eating it, too.
Right now, after months of being at home, I'm feeling a bit of
what I felt as a young man when I dreamed of joining the circus — of
seeing new places and having new experiences. Have you ever stood at the
airport and watched a friend's plane take off to a place far away? Did
you want to go? Did you feel envy? Did you feel left behind? That's how
I feel right now. I must do something about this. My RV beckons.
Jim and I can definitely relate to that at this stage of our lives.
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Next entry: shifting perspectives -- the
differences between living/traveling full-time in our RV versus the
extended trips we used to take
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2014 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil