Getaways. We all want them, right? In fact, it’s often said we all need them.
The vast majority of society is constantly in need of a vacation. It’s a common theme at the water cooler. It gets discussed in the break room. It’s what can be heard in busy business lobbies upon clocking out. When greeted on the way to or from work the “I need a vacation” phrase is used almost as a default social proclamation.
I need to get away.
But get away from what? From work? Is that really all? Not really.
That’s a big part of it, of course. But in the grand scheme of life it’s a little deeper than that. Let’s take a look at some numbers real quick.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, every American works an average of 38.6 hours a week. Let’s call it 39. The Census data shows the average American commute is 26.4 minutes. At twice a day, five days a week this comes out to 4.4 hours per week. Much higher in urban areas. So let’s call it 5 hours.
Now what about the average of time getting ready for work, then transitioning out of work readiness at the end of the work day? That number sits at around 10 hours per week.
On the sleep front Americans tend to sleep a bit more than many other countries with an average of 8 hours depending on the study. This is 56 hours a week.
So when the time we spend working, commuting and sleeping are stripped out each week, we’re left with a mere 8 hours per day. It’s suggested by some that 5 of these 8 hours are then reserved for grocery shopping, meal preparation, clean up, laundry, refueling vehicles, paying bills, managing kids (homework, baths, etc) and other various chores/tasks.
This leaves only 3 hours per day. 3 hours that, let’s be honest, we tend to spend staring at a phone or a TV.
Meaning, the only remaining 3 hours we have to “enjoy life” each day are spent being distracted by meaningless content consumption. Content designed to distract us. Content that, by its design, is meant to distract as a part of a marketing tool to convince us to spend money on things we don’t need.
This is all a part of a program. A program most of us are hopelessly plugged in to.
And what is the measure of success when plugged into this program? A bigger house, car and annually upgraded TV on black Friday? All “upgrades” that once made require even more dedication and dependence on the very program that sold us these upgrades to begin with.
Is this really what life is? You get 3 hours of “free time” a day and spend that 3 hours serving as a consumer marketing subject that ultimately entangles you in tangible products and services. Products and services that require more dedication to the program that only leaves you with those 3 hours of life each day?
Think about that for a minute.
So what are we getting away from? Sadly, for many of us we’re trying to get away from our lives. That’s a very profound reality. That’s a dangerous place to be as a society,
And once its meaning is fully grasped it can begin to explain the many woes we suffer as a society.
We only get one life. One shot. We live once and then it’s over. Are we really supposed to accept that only 3 hours a day are set aside for us to live it the way we want? And do we really accept that the best and most meaningful way to spend this 3 hours is consuming the poison Hollywood and its corporate backers push onto us?
Not that there is anything wrong with catching a favorite show on Netflix or Amazon when the brain needs to be distracted from the grind for an hour. But what if that hour represents 33% of the time we get to choose how to live for the day?
Shouldn’t there be more to it all? Shouldn’t there be a more intentional and meaningful way to live throughout the entire 24 hour period of a day?
We’re guessing that if we as a people had, say, 10 hours or more per day to choose how we live and then had more meaningful ways to use that 10+ hours per day we would be healthier… both mentally and physically. We wouldn’t feel the constant urge to get away from it all. We wouldn’t need to get away.
For many the act of constant nomadism has cured this ailment. RV life empowers many to live intentionally, and as a result life itself is not a pre-determined program.
Have you ever heard a full time RVer say he or she needs a vacation? Do you see RVers starting conversations with the words “I need to get away?”
Of course not.
Because RV life, a method of nomadism, gives the act of living significant meaning. RV Life is constantly presenting a set of choices. Choices as a result of being free from the program. And when living such a life, a real life, the need to get away simply doesn’t exist.
The story behind RV Nomads – The Motion Picture, is so much more than RVing. It’s about freedom. Freedom from a program that most of society unwittingly desires to get away from.
It’s the story of what life can be if/when we simply choose to live it the way we want, not the way a massive marketing machine wants us to live it.
And we look forward to telling it.