If you ask 100 potential Full Time RV’ers this question, you would get 100 different answers. But if you do a bit of distilling you will soon come up with a reason that all of them will have in common. None of the respondents will ever realize this, but the main reason will be that it is programmed into their paradigm to stay exactly where they are.
First let me explain what a paradigm is. It is nothing more than a collection of beliefs that controls every aspect of your life. You will have paradigms about money, marriage, sex, raising children and just about everything in life. I also talked about this in my last post since I have come to understand that it is one of the major blocks that most people have to change in their lives.
So where do these paradigms come from? Well they come from our parents, teachers, television, radio and every other outside source imaginable. It is said that by the time we are 5 years old we will have acquired 80 percent of who we are going to be in life. In most cases this belief of how our life is going to be is so strong that we are trapped in its prison till we die. And the main problem with this is that most people never realize they are in this prison, and you cannot break out of a prison unless you realize you are in one.
For most people the paradigm tells them that they should have a house with a two car
garage, have two cars in that garage, a white picket fence, and 2.4 children. The bad part of this paradigm usually also includes a mortgage, a loan for the cars, and credit card debt. The paradigm is so deep that when the mortgage gets to the point where it is almost paid off, it is time for a bigger house just to get back into the larger mortgage.
If you ever try and move out of this lifestyle and do something different you will be confronted by friends and neighbors who are worried about you. They will think that since you are doing something different than them, there is something wrong with you. Most people will cave to this pressure, and thus reinforce the paradigm.
What if you could just escape and get into a different group of people who thought differently? Well this is actually the best thing that can happen to you, and in the case of the Full Time RV lifestyle, it is easy to do.
Currently there are an estimated One Million full time RV’ers. If you think slightly into your future and see yourself among them, then chances are things will start to change in your life. When you actually get among these people your paradigms will start to shift since you now have support instead of criticism. The thing that keeps paradigms in place is the fact that we keep reinforcing and empowering them. Being among people who actually do think different will start to shift your paradigm to be similar to what the people around you think.
This is a valuable piece of information to the prospective Full Time RV’er. Just by being around other Full Time RV’ers your paradigms about how your life should be lived will change. And the beauty of this is the fact that if you do it once, you will free yourself to do it again. You have broken out of the prison.
In our own life we experienced exactly that. When we first started to Full Time RV we had our share of detractors. But once we were fully ensconced in the RV lifestyle and around other Full Time RV’ers we soon realized that this was the life for us. We tasted freedom. Then after 11 years we wanted to take it even a step further and this time easily moved up to our new Full Time Lifestyle on a Sailboat traveling around the world. Once you change a paradigm once, the next time is much easier.
Blow those paradigms clear out of the ballpark!