I tend to get bored with things easily. Sometimes it takes a minute, sometimes it takes a year or two. It usually depends on what it is but in the end I get bored with pretty much everything. Including the place I live.
So to solve that I've got a new plan. Or technically two.
As I also get bored living in the same place for too long I tend to move a lot. If I look at the last 10 year's I've moved 17 times. not as much as some other people I know (seriously, where do they find the energy) but more than most. That said, I seriously dislike moving house. The packing, unpacking, etc... it's just not worth it. So I figured that life would be much easier if my house was mobile. And yes, that explains the title. My plan is to permanently move into a van or a RV.
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Now I'm not the first to do that. Just google a bit and you can read a lot of stories of other people doing the same. That said, most stories seem to come from the US and the UK. It doesn't seem to be something that people in Europe tend to do. Unless they're retired but that changes everything. After all, when you're retired you have a steady source of income.
That said though, the fact that other people don't do something hasn't stopped me in the past so I don't think I should let it stop me this time either.
There is a bit of a challenge involved as well though. Obviously I have a lot of stuff to get rid off. Although I'm not a hoarder I do have trouble getting rid of things (although I don't seem to miss them when I keep them around in boxes that I never open) so I've accumulated quite a few things and there is no way I can keep all of them when I go mobile. I'll actually have to go a lot more minimalistic.
That in itself should actually be an advantage for me. With less "stuff" around me it's going to be harder for me to be distracted. Theoretically that means it should be easier for me to concentrate on things but then, theory and reality don't always line up so we'll have to see how that goes.
For now though I fist have to decide on a) a van or b) a recreational vehicle...
PS, I realize the title says "or something like that" but that's mainly because in the back of my head I still toy with the idea of a boat as well. It just seems to be losing out for practical reasons.
For years people who came to my place for the first time and looked at my books would be confused. First of all the amount of them would freak people out as they never seem to take me for a reader anyway but also the selection. I'll pretty much read anything.
Now I haven't always been that way. When I was growing up I pretty much only read Stephen King. Sure, they made me read stuff by dutch authors in school but I only read that cause I had to. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't that I didn't like anything else, it just never occurred to me to try it. And why should I? There were enough books for me to read that I knew I would enjoy. So I would only add a new author to my reading list if I'd had exhausted the works of whatever author I was into at the time. So for a long time I didn't really expand my reading selection a lot. Only doing that when I had to.
Then one day when I was flying from London to Amsterdam my flight got delayed and my I finished my book before my flight was even boarding. As it wasn't sure when we would start boarding and there was no bookstore near the gate I was waiting at I was stuck without a book. Or rather, I did have some books that I picked up for a friend. She's an English girl that lives in Amsterdam and had given me a list of books to pick up (this is pre internet ordering. Yes, I'm that old ;) ). So technically I was only "without a book I like".
Now for some reason she decided to give me a list of romance novels so I was stuck with 7 of those. As the delay was taking ever longer I eventually opened one of them and started reading and... exactly as I expected, I hated it! Seriously, I forced myself to read the first chapter but then really couldn't handle it anymore. But about 30 minutes later I was so bored that I decided to give another one of the books a try. Again, a romance novel but this one was much better than the first one. I found myself actually getting into the book and before I knew it we were boarding, took off and landed and I was home having finished the book.
That moment though was when something changed. Although I have always known we can't see whether or not we like something (or can do something for that matter) until we've tried it, it wasn't until that moment that the message finally sunk in.
About a week ago I woke up and got out of the RV, which I've had parked on the same street for the better part of the last five months. To my surprise there was ANOTHER RV in front of mine. It was a lot older, but about the same size.
I went to lunch, and as I returned I saw a man getting into the RV.
"Hi! Welcome to the neighborhood," I said jokingly.