Lately I’ve been receiving a bunch of emails from readers asking specific questions about living full-time in an Airstream. Awesome! I love questions! Ask away! But I do like to address the questions on my blog so a wider audience can benefit from the answers. I also have a FAQs page and a place for new readers in case you were looking for one.
Anyway, today’s question is from a reader who is shopping for Airstreams this week! And she wants to know… “Did you receive judgement and criticisms in the beginning?”
The short answer is “yes.” I did receive judgement and criticisms when my husband, George and I shared our plans to live in an Airstream with our family, our friends and the world– through this blog. I still receive judgement and criticisms to this day.
Our friends were very supportive. They understand why we do what we do. They invite us over when there’s severe weather a’ brewing and they know it might be dangerous to stay in the Airstream. We pick our friends and we’ve picked damn good ones.
George’s parents were supportive, as well. They helped us with moving the Airstream to it’s current location and they helped us to remodel it. My parents, on the other hand, weren’t thrilled with the idea. I wouldn’t say they were totally against it, but they did (and still do) want me to live in a “normal” house.
Yes, sometimes that hurts. I want to be the model daughter. But it doesn’t make them less proud of me. I’ve talked with them about it and they know we live the way we do for financial reasons. If nothing else, they understand.
The harshest judgement and criticisms have actually come from people who don’t know me. Those fun, delightful Internet trolls and sometimes even well-meaning people who just don’t understand our lifestyle. But I knew when I created this blog that Internet bullies were out there. And if I’m being totally honest, mean and crude comments about my body, my voice or my writing actually hurt more than comments about my lifestyle. Many of those comments you don’t see on this blog because I don’t approve them. And YouTube can be a straight-up bitch.
That being said, I’ve received judgement and criticisms in the beginning of every project and every life change I’ve ever made. As do most people. I received some incredibly hurtful criticisms before my wedding, before I moved in with George and before I switched colleges after my Sophomore Year. But I wouldn’t have changed any of those things. And I wouldn’t change the way we live either. Our lifestyle is a choice. We are the ones who choose to live in 188 square feet and we are the ones who pay our bills. Our lifestyle doesn’t affect any of the haters. We have to let the hurtful critiques run off of us, like water from a duck’s back.
And if all else fails, I like to watch my favorite advice on haters from Katt Williams (NSFW).
Dearest reader, there will always be people criticizing you and judging you. Don’t let them take away your dreams.