Have you noticed that our world is divided more than ever before? And we’ve noticed division starting to happen in the RV Living community as well. This is why we wanted to take some time about to talk about what is going on
Before we can truly understand why some of this is happening, we need to take a look at how (as human beings) tend to look at others around us.
Think about this. Think about the last time you found yourself in a situation where you were in a waiting area. Maybe this was at a medical center, the DMV, or maybe even at an airport. You take a look at the people around you and you notice all the ways those around you are DIFFERENT from you.
Maybe they have a different skin color, a different way of dressing, or an accent that indicates they are from (different from you).
You might be asking “what does this have to do with RVing?” Just hang tight- we will get there in a few minutes.
We’ve been on the road for 4+ years. And when we first started RVing we were really focused on all the places we wanted to see and visit.
Something we’ve realized is you can be in the most amazing place and not be enjoying yourself.
We really pride ourselves in being an RV and Travel channel that does not just show the “fun side” of RV living all the time but we share our experiences both good and bad.
Life on the Road
This is because life on the road is just that. LIFE – happening while living on the road.
And while most social media and Youtube videos can be a highlight reel of the good times, we try to show a well-rounded view of RV Living. Just check our video about our trip to Glacier National park where we share how we were in an amazing place and had a very un-amazing experience. (And you can watch how we chose to turn things around too)!
Something we learned by chance in all of these experiences. When we are having shared experiences with other people, we have MORE fun than when it was just our family.
Let’s face it. When hanging out with JUST your own family 24/7 in a 300-foot box it can get taxing! We’ve found we need to be able to hang with other people sometimes.
Why We Need Others In RV Living
A great example is going on a hike. This “exercise” becomes a whole different experience when I have a friend to chat with as we hike and walk. The kids become a lot less whiny and even braver when they have friends to hang out with too.
Another example is even hanging out at the campground. Contrary to popular belief we are not out every single day having an adventure. We have to work while on the road and RV Living is not a perpetual vacation. There are times when we are at the campground for the whole day because of work. When we have other families in the campground, it gives our kid’s buddies to play and hang out with.
Stops To See Family/Friends
We’ve been able to be intentional about stops on travel routes where we have extended family.
RV Living has become more about the PEOPLE and not so much about the PLACES. (You will have to let us know in the comments below if you’ve found this to be true in your journeys as well).
RV Living Is Looking Different
We have changed the way we RV and plan trips. We’ve learned that while it’s fun seeing new places, it’s more fun when we can share these places with others.
Connection within our own nuclear family is great. But it’s even better when we can find connections with other families, extended families, etc.
What Is The Same Vs Different?
So what does this have to do with what we talked about earlier? (How do we notice the ways in which we are all different)?
Maybe the next time you find yourself in a situation where you are in a group of people OR even at the campground. Instead of noticing the differences, here is something to try.
What if we start to wonder instead, “In what ways am I the same?” as this other person?
A great way to develop common ground is to share experiences with other people. When you share an experience not only are you able to look back on that experience with fond memories, but you just created more common ground with someone else. This happens when you now also have a shared experience.
Lessons From The Road
I think we began to realize this even more last week. We had been staying in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and My cousin and his wife live in this area. We spent a day at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium together.
First of all, if you’ve not been there this is a great place to put on your travel bucket list. Having “buddies” to hang out with enriched this experience so much because as we went through the aquarium and learned about marine life (which is a great road school experience by the way) we were able to each share our perspectives and what we were feeling and experiencing.
So maybe the next time you are pulling into the RV Campground instead of noticing the ways the RVers around you are different than you, maybe ask “in what ways are we the same?”
At a very basic level, we all have 1 thing in common – our love of RV living and travel. If you’re not yet a traveler or RV’er – we still share similar passions and desires.
With so much division and an “us vs them” mentality pervasive in our culture, let’s choose to look for ways in which we are the same. Let’s find common ground. Let’s pursue sharing experiences with each other which brings us even closer together.
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This post really spoke to me. Hello. I hail from the City of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. A 66 year young, retired grandmother to 3. I am not an RVer but stumbled on your Web Page via Facebook and have been following your family’s travels & adventures and enjoying them so. These past few years have been such a struggle for us ALL. I so like your concept of looking for the similarities and NOT the differences. Were differences do make us individual & unique, ‘We’ need to expand our thinking to embrace the best of all people. The life experiences your amazing children are having are PRICELESS. I will continue to follow along, enjoying the scenery and your view of our current world. Thanks for taking ‘Us’ along. Safe travels, stay well.
Thanks and best wishes