Yesterday was a hard day. Nothing bad happened, but breaking down and then setting up your RV campsite is not a quick, clean, easy process. Now, imagine doing this 3 times before 12:00 noon and you kind of get the picture. I started to question my sanity a little bit. I was filthy, tired, had a headache and was hangry. I needed a shower super bad, but instead I got out my paddle board. Of course. I decided my soul needed cleansing a little more than my body at that point. And I was right. Plus, as I was getting out, the board struck the sea wall and I got dipped in the ocean. So I got cleaned up a little anyway. Win win.
But before all the insanity of the day started I was drinking my coffee, and received a message from a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a couple of years. He had seen my Snapchat the night before of my sunset in The Keys and asked if I had moved to The Keys or something. (Not yet friend. Not yet.) We chatted for quite a while and got caught up on the events of the last year of my life. The events that have gotten me to this place, and what my hopes and dreams are. If you don’t have someone to randomly bounce these things off, I highly recommend it. Sometimes you don’t even know what your hopes and dreams are until they come spilling unexpectedly out of your mouth.
As I was making my breakfast, I was telling this friend how I have absolutely everything I need inside this camper. I don’t miss any of the physical items I left back home. I was talking about how content I was, and then I tried to make toast to go with my eggs and bacon. But I don’t have a toaster. And I nearly went into meltdown mode. (First world problems.) Then, just as clear as day, as if she was standing next to me in the kitchen, I heard my mom say cooked up cheese sandwiches.
For those of you who don’t know, that’s a grilled cheese sandwich in the Brown household y’all. So I took those two slices of bread and put them in the skillet where I had just cooked my bacon. On a side note, if you have never fried bread in bacon grease, OH M GEE….you don’t even know. Even if you have a toaster, do this. And thank me later. But back to it, I really do have everything I need. And have been way too spoiled with excess.
It also made me realize, again, that my parents are always with me. And they still give me guidance if I will just still my mind and listen. And I believe they would be super proud of what I’m doing. The tragedy of their illnesses and then losing them gave me some of the hardest times I’ve ever been through, but it also rewarded me with some of the greatest joys I’ve experienced. Both then, and now. I think they would approve of this camp I am setting up.
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