Unplugging From Life Support


I am not trying to be misleading or disrespectful with the title of this post. Many of you may have literally had to deal with the agonizing reality of unplugging someone you love from life support and for that I am truly sympathetic.

Although as I have shared my story, I have had people stare at me in shock and amazement saying that they could never do that and they think and feel that what we did is just as dramatic and life changing as dealing with literal "life support" issues. I do not personally feel this way, as I have dealt with both and losing a loved one does not compare to my families journey of discovery. Although without a doubt it was life changing and dramatic. We committed ourselves to a year of being “unplugged” from the traditional things we all think we need to live and survive each day. We are now into two years of living this way.

What do you consider “Life Support”? A 40+ hour a week job, that has all the necessary benefits and insurances to make you feel safe and protected? A good school system where your kids have the best teachers and feel safe? Enough money left over after paying all the bills, to go out to dinner, the movies or on a vacation? A good church? A safe neighborhood? Family and /or friends that live close by?  These are what I and my family considered “Life Support” but in order for us to take this journey we had to “unplug” from them all. 

We quit the safe, secure, reliable J.O.B with “good” benefits and insurance, we rented out our home in a good neighborhood that had 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and 3000 sq. feet. We left behind loved ones, we had never really been far apart from before and some good friends and traded them in for a 30' 5th wheel that is 240 sq. feet, no steady reliable income, no insurance/benefits and possible lonely days on the road, away from family and friends. In the days leading up to our journey, there were days I  literally felt as if I might “actually” be dying, it physically hurt to do many of these things. On the other hand it was also exciting to plan out our route to new and exciting places and plan our visits to the family and friends that we hadn't seen in quite a while. It was exciting, scary, challenging and at times painfully sad, to purchase our “new home” a F 350 crew cab dually truck we named "Bruce", a fifth wheel, quitting our reliable j.o.b., trusting our home to strangers and leaving behind one of our children and my parents. But if we hadn't done all that we never would have made new connection with other family and loved ones. Taken our first cruise, with ALL of our family from both sides to some of our favorite places and experienced wonderful, amazing and life changing things. We never would have decided to one year later move to Tennessee to pursue our dreams even more and we would not be experiencing all the blessings we are experiencing right now.
 I just want you to know that it is possible for you to “unplug” from a life that may simply just be keeping you alive but not really letting you live! If  I and my family can do it then you most definitely can do it also, I would be honored to be that helping hand and encouragement that you may need to “unplug” and fully start to LIVE the life that you thought was just a dream.

(This is my disclaimer to you and I hope that no matter your personal opinion on the subject of God I want you to know that He is The One Thing that I have not and never will "unplug" from, more than ever He is my rock and safe place and I am  learning how to follow Him in an adventure of faith and trust. Although to be honest  there have been times I struggle and lose sight of Him, He never fails to leads me back to Him. It is my greatest desire to bring Him honor and glory throughout this journey He is leading me and my family on.)


Krystal TravisComment