Following serendipity at every turn is an interesting game we’ve been playing for the past several years. It’s not about taking every opportunity that comes up, but rather creating a life that allows us to both be in tune with the possibilities, and being agile enough to follow the ones we choose.
Every so often we shake our magic serendipity ball, and nothing happens. Approaching the end of 2011, that’s exactly where we were. No plans. Hardly any ideas.
We enjoyed an excellent Christmas with both our parents under one roof. And we attended the Arcadia Bus Rally bringing in the New Year with dear friends.
Just before we were pulling out of the rally, the news came in.
The latest unanticipated test results on my dad revealed that serendipity had left the time ahead open for a reason. Our family is embracing hope and optimism for the rough road ahead.
We’ve been parked at a gracious friend’s tranquil place in Kissimmee – and are splitting our time out in Melbourne (about an hour away) taking an active role in his treatment, giving my folks all the support we can and taking over tasks as needed in our co-owned family software business.
Unfortunately there are few options in the Melbourne/Palm Bay area for RV parks, and they are either 55+ only, prohibitively expensive, not much closer and/or full up with the seasonal influx of snowbirds. (Incidentally, if anyone has connections in the area for land or large drive ways that might welcome some technomads with a bus for a while, it would be quite a blessing to be closer. Although, aside from the distance – our current setup is pretty ideal.)
We don’t know yet how long we’ll be in Central Florida, we’re taking it one step at a time. But it’ll likely be a while. If you find yourself in the area, please do reach out – social breaks may be welcomed distractions.
All of our pre-scheduled blog posts have gone live. There were a couple more we had started and may complete. Beyond that, I can’t say how much time or motivation we’ll have for writing. Maybe we will, maybe we won’t? (One of the big reasons we blog for joy, not income.)
We ask for your understanding if our postings here become sporadic.
Location independence is often portrayed as a glamourous life of galavanting around the world to see great places, eat great food and have amazing experiences. That’s certainly a nice motivation and benefit we enjoy.
But the core reason for our location flexibility? To be where we choose to be.
Our plans ahead may not be exotic or inspiring blog fodder – but we’re exactly where we need… no … want to be. No tropical beach or warm desert boondocking with friends compares right now.
We feel so incredibly blessed to have designed a lifestyle that allows us the flexibility to do something like this, and really be there for our loved ones. No taking vacation or family medical leave time, no expensive travel to and from home, no feeling of putting our life on hold. It’s simply built into our lifestyle to pull in and do whatever we can.
If you have a positive thought, well wish or prayer to spare – we would most welcome them.