I just came across this interview that Julianne Crane did when I was taking off for my 2011 RV trip around Michigan – Solo RVer and Writer Malia Lane is Back on the Road Again.
What I said then is just as true today, but sometimes I still need these reminders:
“No matter how nervous I was about hitting the road again,” says Malia, “there is no doubt at all this is still what I want to do. I had thought for a while maybe it was time to give up the keys and settle down in Austin again; but after about 20 miles, all those doubts were gone and I was again singing my theme song, With Arms Wide Open, as loudly as I could.”
RVing is not always the easiest lifestyle, she says, however, “I wouldn’t trade it for anything else at this point. I’m happy to be able to do this while I’m still young and spry enough to do the kind of hiking and activities I love.”
Malia says she gets a lot of emails from people, especially women, who say they would love to do what she does, but they’re too afraid.
“I tell them it’s not like I don’t have my own fears and insecurities. I just believe firmly it’s possible to move past them and live your life so you don’t have regrets when you’re too old to do anything else but sit in a rocking chair reliving your memories. Create lots of memories now so you won’t be so bored then.”
Getting to know people like Julianne is one of the best perks about RVing.
Meet her at RV Wheel Life – a totally cool lady!
I always enjoy when our paths cross, most often when she visits her sister in Austin. Some of her posts about our meetings.
So I may still stress over things more than I’d like, but I’m still determined to enjoy this lifestyle I love as long as I can so I won’t be sitting in that rocking chair all too soon nursing my declining health and increasing regrets.
Sometimes I read these articles about me and what I felt then, and the perspectives of the writers who interviewed me and it gives me renewed energy and inspiration to get through whatever I need to in order to persevere and hit the road again “With Arms Wide Open!”
For more, see my website page: Malia’s Articles and Press Coverage.
For how much fun I had on that trip I was preparing for then and how it made everything I go through so worthwhile: Michigan Miles.
I’ve also been updating my website with information and resources for other women thinking about taking this plunge: Resources for Women RVers. Jump in ladies – the water’s fine and the road goes on forever!