FULL TIME RV LIFE: A Look Back at Chris Farley’s Classic “Van Down by the River” Skit (And How it Relates to My Full Time RV Plans)
During a discussion with a friend today regarding my plan to begin full-time rving next year, I had a very interesting moment in which I started laughing to myself out loud… Surely convincing my friend I have, in fact, lost my mind completely.
While nothing humorous was actually said (by either of us) at the point in time that I began laughing like someone that should be committed, what did happen is I remembered Chris Farley’s classic ‘Matt Foley – Motivational Speaker’ skit on SNL, and I realized just how much our perceptions change as adults.
The skit, which in my humble opinion is one of Farley’s best (in a close tie with the ‘Chippendales’ dancer skit featuring Patrick Swayze) was something a beloved high school teacher of mine used to constantly play in my English class. This while attempting to shame students into doing their homework.
“If you don’t turn in your homework, you’re going to fail this class and end up living in a van down the river” he would say before playing the 5 minute long video on a projector scene.
As hilarious as my teacher’s constant efforts to encourage the class to reach out and grab the American dream by mocking the ‘van down by river’ were as a 17-year-old… I have to say that as a 31-year-old I now see it differently.
Watch highlights of the skit below:
[Note: Along the lines of this post I am writing now, His and Hers Alaska just released in amazing video discussing the stigma of those that like ‘rollin doobies’ yesterday. I highly recommend you watch their Vlog on cannabis being that it also discusses perspectives. Click here to watch their Vlog]
Being that just last week I decided to go window shopping for an RV and found many with prices ranging anywhere from $15k used to $375k new, I realized living in a ‘van’ (rv) down by the river, or anywhere else for that matter, is in fact part of the American dream. In a way.
I say this because living full-time RV lifestyle means you have worked or work hard enough to afford it. Additionally, the RV lifestyle highlights the fact that we are free to make our own choices and decide for ourselves how we chose to live our lives.
My mind was blown.
So often in our lives we are marketed and programmed into believing success only means what the majority of society believes success is. I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve fallen into this trap myself many times before. But I do have to say I’m glad that I’m breaking away from it now.
I guess my point here is that if someone were to tell me today that “if you keep going on this track you’ll end up in a van down by the river,” I would energetically respond saying… “I hope so.”
Thoughts on this? Let me know in the comment section below.