We finally got around to reading a certain New Yorker article about van life that had the full timer community a bit riled up. We can see why it was upsetting to some, but we had to smile at its familiarity to what life can look like behind the scenes of an Instagrammed road life.
We're not always parked in the deep woods, or the empty desert, or the sunny beach, or some other paradise-like scene. The truth about this photo is, there's cars flanking us in the parking lot. There's a family having a bbq on the beach below. And we're hanging so far over the walk-way that people keep scrambling on the rocks behind us to get by.
Despite these imperfections, this is the view out our window that we want you to see, because it is what we choose to see. We're not trying to lie to you, to tell you that road life is 100% beautiful skylines and open roads. But in a world so full of negativity and harsh realities, we choose to see the beauty in our surroundings and share those beauties with you.
Just know that for every gorgeous picture of our 180 degree beach view there's a hundred more of us in sketchy parking lots, with our hood open, trying to figure out why our engine won't turn. Or we're parked at a Taco Bell, stealing their bathroom, because our tank is almost full. Or we're stuck in a narrow city street, being honked at for blocking both lanes, while we try to find the only vegan restaurant in town. Just know that even though it may be a rain soaked, bad lighting, non-photo worthy time in our lives, we are still laughing, still snuggling with the pups, still living the dream, and still choosing beauty.