Here's a potential conversation you might have with others when you tell them you're converting a bus. Have you experienced this yet? We've heard stories of all kinds about friends and family reacting to the news. It seems as if most people are simply curious. This is new to them. It's not what they're used to. Maybe they want to do it too. We've met some people who wished they could convert a bus. For whatever reason it's not in the cards for them. At least not right now.
Our decision to buy a bus and convert it came at the right time for us. Isn't that what life is? You do what you can, to control what you can, and then you go from there. We all make decisions for various reasons. You have to live your life how you want to. No one can tell you how to do that.
We want to reassure you that it's okay to make the decision to convert a bus. Or a van. If it's what you want to do then go with all your might. You will learn so much. People might disagree with you. That's okay. Let it be and do your thing. Answer their questions, try to calm their nerves. At the end of the day however, you control your happiness. Hopefully, the people you love will be a part of that.
What was the conversation like for you when you told people you were converting a bus?
Us: We are buying a bus and we are going to live in it.
Them: How can you afford to buy a bus?
Us: We bought a house.
Them: What about your house?
Us: We are selling our house.
Them: Why would you sell your house and buy a bus?
Them: C'mon. Don't be ridiculous.
Us: Well, because we had an experience that taught us a lot about what we truly value in life.
Them: You're crazy. This is crazy.
Us: Paying a mortgage is crazy.
Them: Where are you going to live?
Us: We already told you. We are buying a bus.
Them: How do you expect to live on a bus?
Us: Sort of how we live in a house, except there will be no mortgage and less to clean.
Them: What if it breaks down?
Us: What if your HVAC dies? Or your toilet leaks?
Them: We'll get it fixed.
Us: Well, we'll get our bus fixed.
Them: How will you afford that?
Us: Why do you keep asking us how we'll afford things? Isn't that our business? We will sell our house and all that shit we have that sits and collects dust. That's how.
Them: We just don't want you to end up homeless or in a bad situation. We care about you.
Us: We care about you too. We won't end up homeless. We have thought this through and are prepared for the good and the bad. We'll deal with things as they come.
Them: So, you're just going to live on a bus forever?
Them: What happens when you don't want to live on a bus anymore?
Us: Then we'll live somewhere else. Get another house. Or another bus.
Them: How do you expect to buy a house after living on a bus?
Us: We are not living on a bus. We are living IN a bus.
Them: Well whatever. You know what I mean.
Us: We've purchased a house before, two actually. We know how it works.
Them: How are you going to afford that? Are you going to work? How will you make money?
Us: Selling drugs. Producing porn films. Something like that.
Them: Knock it off. Grow up.
Us: Seriously though, we've got it figured out. It's not really any of your business. Can't you just be happy for us and support us?
Them: Life isn't just about having fun. You have bills to pay. You have responsibilities.
Us: Actually, we will have less bills to pay = less responsibilities = more fun.
Them: Oh. Well, if that's what you want to do. Not sure it's the best decision.
Us: Well, it's our decision, not yours. You don't have to agree with us. Just love us.
Them: We do love you. We just don't understand this. It's ridiculous.
Us: We want to live life. Make a difference. Meet people. Discover new places. Learn about the world. Explore diversity. Grow as a person. We don't expect it to always be easy, but it's what we want to do.
Them: Okay. Do what you want.
Us: We are. Thank you for your advice.