Back when we were full-timing as RV’ers, before we returned to “civilization” (aka the US culture) I had concluded that we were living a wonderful stress-free life. I concluded that stress resulted from 4 factors that, for the most part we were managing to avoid. Lucky us – but alas, no longer.
These 4 factors:
Internal: what we do to ourselves, our attitudes, mindsets, worries, outlook, diet, lifestyle.
Interpersonal: from interaction with loved ones, families, neighbors, friends, colleagues, co-workers, bosses, subordinates, acquaintances.
Cultural: from media bombardment, technology, shopping, traffic, pollution, violence, and rules – the cultural norms and requirements that mold urban living.
Environmental: from mother nature when she throws curve balls at us – natural disasters, weather, earthquakes, etc.
Now that we are back immersed in the culture I am not enjoying the stress that we are faced with one bit. I am having to deal with bureaucratic nightmares associated with living by the rules of our society (rules, regulations, paperwork, etc.) There’s traffic everywhere and I am dependent on driving so as to function according to cultural norms – which I don’t ascribe to. Lack of personal space – not having room or a place to “be me” while we are visiting our dear ones. Constant negativity associated with TV and radio broadcasts of so-called “news” – everywhere it’s “ain’t it awful.” Work – pro bono web work that has deadlines and demands. There’s interpersonal competition everywhere. And, having to relate to people beyond my partner, Bill, with whom I’ve worked through most of our “stuff.”
I’m finding all of this re-entry and readjustment to be not pleasant.
Makes me want to disappear into the woods and curl up under a tree listening to the birds.