What's Joel doing while I'm making smoothie bowls and working on yoga poses? Well, let me tell you about our 1993 Nissan Hardbody Truck. When we sold the sailboat, we drove back to Virginia in a rental car stuffed full with all our belongs including our dinghy. Joel sold the dinghy on craigslist and with the same money bought this slightly rusty, slightly problematic yet surprisingly reliable truck. Over the past month, we've been driving the thing up and down the coast and Joel's been fixing it up along the way.
Joel loves the truck. The other day, he looked at me and said, “I'm gonna own this truck 'til I die.”(Or at least until it dies, I thought)
For me, it’s more of a love – hate relationship. Ya, the price was right, but affordability comes at a cost. In this case, the cost is stinky, rough and rather uncomfortable. That being said, there is some love mixed in there. During our six-hour drive Saturday, as I sat fidgeting (and complaining ever so often) in the slightly damp, overly packed passenger seat; I had time to reflect on our lil silver beater truck. Amazingly, my heart grew for the thing. I realized that it symbolizes not only a time in our lives, but a way of life that we’ve chosen to live. And, I decided that if I were going to give anyone a slice of advice on how to live a budgeted yet adventurous lifestyle, my advice would be to buy a beater truck.
First, I have to explain the hate side of my Nissan relationship:
What I hate about our Nissan Hardbody
-Packing it is nearly impossible.
-Traveling in it is rather uncomfortable.
-The musty smell of country mud left behind from its previous owner lingers.
-The seemingly perpetually damp seats from Joel's attempt to pressure wash away the musty mud smell.
-The Mid-summer heat with no a.c.
-The huge dent in the tail gate
-When you play the radio, you can't charge a phone
-When you charge your phone you can't play the radio
Now, here’s why I love our Nissan Hardbody.
-It's rugged and four wheel drive - two adjectives that seem to bring only good things.
-Its lack of A.C. forces you to roll the windows down and pretend every drive is a ride home from the beach.
But most of all, It's what we could afford. Okay, so maybe we could've spent some more money and gotten a nicer car, with no rust and some A.C. But, that might have cost a couple more thousand dollars or maybe required a loan. (A couple extra thousand dollars that we could use to put gas in our tank or buy an air plane ticket - to go somewhere.) We chose adventure over luxury. Which, can be both rewarding and challenging, but to us, it's worth it. It's even worth the long, uncomfortable hours in the beater truck. Don't tell Joel, but if I had to choose again, I'd still choose our 1993 Nissan Hardbody.
So, maybe it’s buying a beater truck is not exactly what you need to do. But, to adventure on a budget will require some kind of sacrifice. Life's that way. Chasing our dreams often requires giving up something. It's all a part of the journey. The key is to embrace it and enjoy the fact that the sacrifice makes your dreams possible.