The theme of a fable is its moral. The theme of a parable is its teaching. The theme of a piece of fiction is its view about life and how people behave. In fiction, the theme is not intended to teach or preach. In fact, it is not presented directly at all. You extract it from the characters, action, and setting that make up the story. In other words, you must figure out the theme yourself.
Most of us dream picturing ourselves in a theme that we long for before it becomes a reality. So what exactly is an RV lifestyle anyway? All sorts of things: RV camping trips, full-service tailgating, a great way to follow NASCAR races, extended vacations, a seasonal home, fulltime RV living…and the list goes on. In fact, there is no list. Your RV lifestyle is what you want it to be. Its your dream and your theme.
We’re not talking about any in-depth evaluation of inner motives here. Just a little time thinking about what you want out of your RVing experiences. Try the drill of “Who, What, When, Where, How & Why?”
Who! Who else is in this theme with you? What’s important to them? Let’s say you’re thinking about buying a camper for affordable RV vacations. Enjoying the great outdoors. Bringing the family closer together. Fishing in peaceful solitude. Just Good Old-fashioned fun. Before you get too carried away… make sure the rest of the family is on the same wavelength. Continue that mental picture in your mind. The specific questions you ask yourself will depend on your circumstances.
What are you going to use an RV for? How often? To go where? For how long? Will you stay in one place awhile or move every couple days? If you’re changing to a new RV, what do you want to be different? What has to be the same? Are you looking for a change in rig or RV lifestyle? Are you considering upgrades or accessories (solar panel, awnings, RV furniture, camping supplies)? What features are important to you?
Where are you going to keep the RV? Where do you want to go?
How does this fit with other hobbies and interests you have or want to explore? Do you need to take golf clubs, bicycles, motorcycles, ATV’s, or fishing gear with you? How are you going to afford it?
Why are you thinking of RVing? As your everyday lifestyle, or a family vacation, or a way to winter in warmer climates? Is this for retirement, for now, or a bit of both? Is the RV to make your NASCAR passion or tailgating more enjoyable? Is it to try something new and see if you like it?
This is not a test. Enjoy all this world has to offer. There are no right and wrong answers. You don’t need answers at this point. But Asking yourself some questions starts momentum. It triggers possibilities. It gets ideas rolling around in your brain. Some conversations held with the people who are in this theme with you.
Learn. You have probably heard the expression “Getting there is Half the Fun”. A perfect theme for the RV lifestyle itself. Well, it’s also appropriate in the context of checking things out. The learning about RVing, the anticipation – is truly half the fun so enjoy every moment and good luck with your dream. By the way, don’t think you have to figure it all out. You will learn as you go it’s part of RV living. And it all starts when you take ACTION. So, go ahead and ACT and enjoy your RV lifestyle.
Barbara Andrews, Orange Park, Florida