Show Up – Don’t Give Up

questions signI thought this was too cool not to share.  I was just trying to answer an email from a woman who asked so many questions my head was spinning just reading them.  Basically she wants to become a solo fulltime RVer but she’s scared:

  • of not having enough money,
  • of her adult kids not having a home to return to at their whim,
  • of what her friends and family will say,
  • of being lonely,
  • of mechanical breakdowns,
  • of choosing the wrong RV or tow car,
  • of having regrets regardless of what she does or doesn’t do,
  • and on and on and on.

And how in the world did I manage to do all this!?  What’s my advice and what are my regrets?

As soon as I got through answering her as best I could, I saw this on my Facebook timeline. And I thought, this is about all I needed to say to her.

And this is also what I need to keep hearing myself.

Show up
As long as you just keep showing up – and not giving up – that’s enough.  Sometimes it’s just getting up in the morning and taking one teeny tiny baby step toward a goal or a dream you have.  Sometimes people are going to get in your way, but people will also show up to help you.  Your own mind can drive you crazy, but all you can do is assure yourself that you are enough, even if you don’t have all the answers at your fingertips at all times.

Good stuff, huh?  😉

never give up

From The Whimsical World of T.L. Gray:

“As Journey says, “Don’t stop believing…” Surround yourself with people who believe in you.  Most of all, believe in yourself.  And – never, never, never, never, never, never, never give up!  As Lucy Spraggan says, “I know what you’re scared of. I can feel it too. You’re not scared of climbing mountains. You’re scared you can’t make them move. ”  Jesus says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”  Believe it, or don’t believe it.  It’s up to you. I choose to believe.  Yes, I’m scared, but I’m a stubborn fool who doesn’t know how to give up.”

In thinking more about this later, I thought about how this also relates to the battles I’ve been waging in regard to my Norcold refrigerator problems.  There are times I’ve thought to just give up that fight after posting the many pages I did about all the recalls, the lawsuit and more, because I just didn’t know what else to do and it was taking up so much time.  Other people who I thought would be interested weren’t following through, so I thought maybe that was enough and I should just move on.

I basically had been told that by one guy who said I should just “shut the hell up” and stop complaining because I was so much better off than him and that I was “living the dream” so stick to posting my fun travel pictures.  I chewed on that for a while and while I agree I have been blessed  and fulltime RVing is the life I have chosen and I have no regrets about that, it’s not all pretty pictures and happy trails all the time. There are breakdowns and mechanical failures just like “real life.”

not give upBut I still say this Norcold deal is different – it can be deadly and not enough people are aware of it. I’ve noticed quite a few people have unsubscribed to my websites as I’ve been posting so much about these issues, but I just don’t care. It’s not all good and it’s not all bad, but it’s my real life and I’m gonna post about whatever in the hell I want to!

hippiesAnd I’m gonna keep showing up and doing what I think is right and what lets me live with myself and keep a clear conscience.

People not agreeing with me are not going to stop me, people who ignore the problem are not going to stop me.  And people telling me to shut up will just make me speak louder.

Hmmm, I guess I still have enough of that 60s rebellious little hippie chick in me!  laugh