Old Friends, New Friends, Future Friends And Hugs!
Updated: Aug 3, 2020
I’m really focused on preparing my life for traveling full-time next year and a couple of friends have noticed. I’m simply not around as much. After working a full-time job, then spending the majority of my spare time focusing on my ‘side hustles‘, there isn’t much time left for socializing.
Luckily I have a very small group (count 3) of friends who arranged an ongoing ‘date’ each Wednesday afternoon for lunch. They understand my goals, my timeline, and the urgency behind building something for myself before I leave.
Lately though, only one friend is consistently showing up for these Wednesday lunches. I’m not surprised he is the one who makes the time every week, he is my oldest friend here in Arizona. We met only 2 days after my arrival here, five years ago in April.
He is easily the most loyal person I have ever known. He also believes in me more than anyone else in the entire state of Arizona. Maybe even the country (other than my parents of course). He’s the kind of friend you keep for life.
I’ve been making it a point to spend an hour or two each week interacting with some of the people who are already out there living this life, as I suspect a year from now they will be my new normal. They also provide me with lots of information and learning by way of their blogs, websites, and videos.
I’m trying to attend one or two live full-time travel hangouts via Blab or YouTube each week to interact a little with these ‘Doers”, listen to what they have to say, and ask questions when I can.
I’ve made a few new connections and with the very rare exception, the full-time RV community has been a welcoming and accepting bunch.
I have also met a couple of wonderful new friends via a mobile lifestyle social media platform called RVillage. A very friendly traveler named Curtis started the site while he was out traveling. One day he looked around the campground where he was staying and thought how nice it would be to connect to the people who were there. And RVillage was born!
The site has given me the opportunity to interact with some wonderful people and develop a new friendship or two that I look forward to growing. There are groups to join on every topic imaginable, and Curtis, the man behind RVillage, is around the site interacting with people almost every day.
It’s a wonderful community with so much more to offer than I have even begun to scratch the surface of here. So if you haven’t checked it out and are into the mobile living lifestyle, full-time or part-time, you should really go have a look.
So here’s to loyal long time friends and new simpatico friends alike. Just be forewarned, you can count on a hug when I meet you. Yup. Hugs will happen. It’s what I do.