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“Peter, you’re getting a RV”

Fall 2010
Newark, Delaware

Life sucks. I finished getting my Masters degree, but somehow, I’m back in my tiny, undergrad college town with two of my old, high school friends. I’m working the same job, driving the same car, and just doing the same stuff. It feels like nothing has changed. I’m yearning for some novelty and a way out of my easy, well-paying, but boring job.

In a tradition dating as far back as the existence of bars, the three of us are catching up on each others’ lives. Stefan and I joke with Kevin about when he’s going to propose to his girl friend. After a certain age, it just becomes the norm to expect any couple lasting beyond a year to get engaged. It makes me feel terribly old. While I just finished graduate school, Stefan’s applying to go back to school. On the other hand, I’m fantasizing about all the success and changes I’ll have in the next year: I’ll make passive income from websites, find a beautiful, smart girl, and most of all, live cross country in a RV.

It’s the millionth time, I’ve talked about buying a used RV. But, I’m also expressing my doubts. Is it really a smart idea? Do I really want to spend my life savings on a 15 year old motorhome? Stefan says in a factual tone, “Peter, you’re getting a RV.” At that moment, the doubts evaporated from me. The certainty with which he uttered that simple sentence transformed my RV dream into a near future, reality. There were certainty more pivotal moments leading up to acquiring the RV, but I still remember that night. The simple, little things we say and do to others might seem inconsequential, but you never know what impact they may have on others. Therefore, please tread softly because you may be trending on someone’s hopes and dreams.

Step 0: Writing a Short Book on My Last Two Years with RV

I’ve been trying to write a short ebook on my RV life of the past two years.

Two and a half years ago, I finished my graduate program, and I fully joined the real world. Most of that time has been spent surrounding my RV. During that time, I tried to reinvent myself from my former path of becoming a humanities professor to a digital nomad. There was a lot of learning, pain, and memorable experiences.

Back in October, I was in San Francisco in my RV and had a particularly, spirit destroying day. Later, as a coping mechanism, I wrote a  free-flowing narrative of that day. It was a fine piece of writing. Afterwards, I decided to write this book. If nothing else, it would be a good exercise and a way to bring closure to this chapter of my life.

As time goes by though, my inspiring thoughts fade. My writing becomes dry. To make sure I have at least some writing out there, I’ll publish my decent drafts here. Let the writing begin.

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I have a ton of writing drafts in my Evernote with the earliest material being the most polished. I’m going to aim for 5 posts/week. Each post would be equivalent of a very short chapter. A total of 30-60 total chapters.

I was planning on adding in side pieces – my gear, how to buy a RV, solar power, philosophical ideas, nature of religion, psychology of change, how to meet new people, and so on. I’m not so sure now, I’ll just be happy to finish at this point. But, I expect not all of it will be narrative. And compared to the millions of other bloggers out there, I’m sure most of my material will seem pretty average. But, I hope it makes me a better writer and helps maybe get a laugh or teach a lesson to others.