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Alena Botros
2023-07-02

这家人说:“当你从快节奏的生活方式中抽离出来时,生活中的许多压力源就会消失。”

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杰西卡·麦科克尔(Jessica McCorkle)和她的家人。图片来源:JESSICA MCCORKLE

杰西卡·麦科克尔从她在密尔沃基的露营车中疾步而出,告诉我她的女儿五年来病情不断加重。三年来,随着病情恶化,艾迪生多次就医,现在15岁的她被诊断出患有小儿急性神经精神综合症,该疾病是由之前的单核细胞感染引起的。麦科克尔称,她的女儿一夜之间判若两人,完全不是以前那个快乐的小女孩了。

“我的女儿在我身边,但我感觉自己已经失去她了,就好像她的灵魂出窍了一样。”麦科克尔强忍泪水说道。“你可以从她的眼里看到,她仍然在某个地方。”

艾迪生被确诊后,接受了将近两年的静脉注射免疫球蛋白治疗,直到医生告诉他们她的病情有所缓解。那天晚上,麦科克尔记得自己回到家对丈夫哭诉,质疑他们的生活方式。

麦科克尔说:“我看着他,然后说道,我们只是需要从头再来。”

麦科克尔和丈夫(三个孩子的继父)(都是35岁左右)长时间地工作。她独自经营生意,销售天然清洁用品,感觉自己几乎没有时间照看孩子。他们决定买一辆露营车,进行为期几个月的旅行——正如麦科克尔所说的那样,从头再来。那次从阿尔伯克基开始的西海岸之旅,演变成了他们的新生活方式:住在房车里,周游全国,对三个孩子进行家庭教育。在意识到他们想长期这样做之前,那次旅行成了测试。

“我们确实一开始没有把这次旅行当成测试。”麦科克尔表示。她的丈夫杜伯坐在她身边,笑着说:“我们没有打算住在露营车里。”

但他们发现有许多家庭住在露营车里,“全职”旅行,感觉就像一个社区一样。麦科克尔指出,对他们一家而言,这次旅行是一次激动人心的经历。他们回到家乡,卖掉了在南卡罗来纳州的房子。那是在2020年年底左右,他们还在继续旅行,而且没有计划停下来。

他们在密尔沃基停留是为了就医,麦科克尔说这次特别的停留并不像他们平常的旅行那么有趣。但正如麦科克尔所说,他们将前往密歇根州上半岛,然后前往印第安纳州,在6月与马萨诸塞州的朋友见面之前,横穿全国处理一些琐事。47英尺(14.33米)高的鹅颈式拖挂房车(也是他们的家)是他们的第三辆露营车。他们推倒了分隔两个阁楼区域的一堵墙,把它变成了一个大的起居空间,拆除了两个淋浴间中的一个,腾出了更多的储物空间,并在车库里组装了橱柜——与他们花费3.6万美元的第一辆露营车相比,这是一次相当大的升级。麦科克尔称之为“有小资情调的露营车”。

这是他们横穿全国旅行的第三年,他们的足迹遍布30个州。麦科克尔表示,除了喜欢像纽约这样的大城市(他们就在哈德逊河边露营,然后跳上地铁去市区),她迄今为止最喜欢的地方是犹他州南部地区。这里有国家公园,美景随处可见,她很容易就做出了这一选择。

考虑到他们的生活方式,你可能会认为她和丈夫是户外运动型,但他们在成长过程中都没有过多接触过露营。麦科克尔说,她以前只坐过一次露营车,那还是在小学的时候。所以事情并不总是那么容易。当她们开始旅行,住在露营车里时,麦科克尔说她不知道如何打发时光。她记得有一天晚上,当所有的孩子都睡着了,她坐在沙发上,想着她不能这样无所事事。第二天,她去沃尔玛买了毛线和钩针。那天结束时,麦科克尔为全家人织了冬帽——尽管当时是夏天——但这让她有事可做。

麦科克尔说:“露营生活肯定会有起起落落,而且并不完美。我们并不是每天都去国家公园。我们的生活很有规律,也仍然要工作……但我可以说,现在的生活肯定更有目标了。”

当她谈及“目标”时,麦科克尔解释道,这指的是一种与墨守成规、一成不变的生活方式截然不同的生活方式,要用心过好每一天。这改变了她已有的观念,但还是很难适应,尤其是不能和家人在一起。对他们而言,每年冬天在佛罗里达州与大家庭见面几乎已经成了传统,那就像他们的临时大本营一样。尽管一开始他们觉得会很孤独,但却发现自己和一群以同样方式生活的家庭打成一片。

“没有人把自己的生活过得一团糟,我开始无法理解这是如何实现的,直到我们身处其中。我们会一起旅行。”麦科克尔说,她强调友谊对她来说有多重要,而且她不希望孩子们因为在家接受教育而且经常搬家而错过友谊。

除了加入一个社区,他们还创建了一个社区(仅在TikTok上就有200多万粉丝)。麦科克尔一家在社交媒体上被称为“游牧之家”。她的目标只是向人们展示他们的生活方式,并从本质上鼓励人们跳出旧有生活方式的条条框框。在她发布了第一个视频后,她们一家就爆火了。人们有疑问,然后又产生了新疑问,所以她不断发布视频来回答这些问题——现在这是她家庭的主要收入来源。

当被问及他们是否怀疑过自己的决定时,麦科克尔的丈夫笑着说,当菲尼克斯的气温降到30华氏度(约零下1.11摄氏度)时有过。但随后她指出在那个独有的时刻,她说自己知道他们做出了正确的决定:卖掉房子,收拾行李,无限期地住在房车里。麦科克尔和她的家人当时在田纳西州的一个州立公园,他们都在外面闲逛,但她说自己感到非常平静。

麦科克尔说:“我们能够活在当下。当你从快节奏的生活方式中(社会要求)抽离出来时,生活中的许多压力源就会消失。”

麦科克尔称,他们都很忙,即便是她的二女儿也是如此,她参与了许多自己喜欢的活动,但在一天结束时,她会哭着回家,因为她觉得自己没有时间陪伴家人。麦科克尔表示,她似乎没有意识到,按照传统的方式生活,思考和管理一切需要花费多少时间。

“我们只是坐在外面,待办事项清单上空空如也。”麦科克尔说,她的声音有些沙哑。“在我们开始旅行之前,待办事项清单列一堆,事情永远做不完。我们只是坐在外面,没有迫在眉睫的待办事项,只是享受家人在一起的时光。”(财富中文网)

译者:中慧言-王芳

杰西卡·麦科克尔(Jessica McCorkle)和她的家人。

杰西卡·麦科克尔从她在密尔沃基的露营车中疾步而出,告诉我她的女儿五年来病情不断加重。三年来,随着病情恶化,艾迪生多次就医,现在15岁的她被诊断出患有小儿急性神经精神综合症,该疾病是由之前的单核细胞感染引起的。麦科克尔称,她的女儿一夜之间判若两人,完全不是以前那个快乐的小女孩了。

“我的女儿在我身边,但我感觉自己已经失去她了,就好像她的灵魂出窍了一样。”麦科克尔强忍泪水说道。“你可以从她的眼里看到,她仍然在某个地方。”

艾迪生被确诊后,接受了将近两年的静脉注射免疫球蛋白治疗,直到医生告诉他们她的病情有所缓解。那天晚上,麦科克尔记得自己回到家对丈夫哭诉,质疑他们的生活方式。

麦科克尔说:“我看着他,然后说道,我们只是需要从头再来。”

麦科克尔和丈夫(三个孩子的继父)(都是35岁左右)长时间地工作。她独自经营生意,销售天然清洁用品,感觉自己几乎没有时间照看孩子。他们决定买一辆露营车,进行为期几个月的旅行——正如麦科克尔所说的那样,从头再来。那次从阿尔伯克基开始的西海岸之旅,演变成了他们的新生活方式:住在房车里,周游全国,对三个孩子进行家庭教育。在意识到他们想长期这样做之前,那次旅行成了测试。

“我们确实一开始没有把这次旅行当成测试。”麦科克尔表示。她的丈夫杜伯坐在她身边,笑着说:“我们没有打算住在露营车里。”

但他们发现有许多家庭住在露营车里,“全职”旅行,感觉就像一个社区一样。麦科克尔指出,对他们一家而言,这次旅行是一次激动人心的经历。他们回到家乡,卖掉了在南卡罗来纳州的房子。那是在2020年年底左右,他们还在继续旅行,而且没有计划停下来。

他们在密尔沃基停留是为了就医,麦科克尔说这次特别的停留并不像他们平常的旅行那么有趣。但正如麦科克尔所说,他们将前往密歇根州上半岛,然后前往印第安纳州,在6月与马萨诸塞州的朋友见面之前,横穿全国处理一些琐事。47英尺(14.33米)高的鹅颈式拖挂房车(也是他们的家)是他们的第三辆露营车。他们推倒了分隔两个阁楼区域的一堵墙,把它变成了一个大的起居空间,拆除了两个淋浴间中的一个,腾出了更多的储物空间,并在车库里组装了橱柜——与他们花费3.6万美元的第一辆露营车相比,这是一次相当大的升级。麦科克尔称之为“有小资情调的露营车”。

这是他们横穿全国旅行的第三年,他们的足迹遍布30个州。麦科克尔表示,除了喜欢像纽约这样的大城市(他们就在哈德逊河边露营,然后跳上地铁去市区),她迄今为止最喜欢的地方是犹他州南部地区。这里有国家公园,美景随处可见,她很容易就做出了这一选择。

考虑到他们的生活方式,你可能会认为她和丈夫是户外运动型,但他们在成长过程中都没有过多接触过露营。麦科克尔说,她以前只坐过一次露营车,那还是在小学的时候。所以事情并不总是那么容易。当她们开始旅行,住在露营车里时,麦科克尔说她不知道如何打发时光。她记得有一天晚上,当所有的孩子都睡着了,她坐在沙发上,想着她不能这样无所事事。第二天,她去沃尔玛买了毛线和钩针。那天结束时,麦科克尔为全家人织了冬帽——尽管当时是夏天——但这让她有事可做。

麦科克尔说:“露营生活肯定会有起起落落,而且并不完美。我们并不是每天都去国家公园。我们的生活很有规律,也仍然要工作……但我可以说,现在的生活肯定更有目标了。”

当她谈及“目标”时,麦科克尔解释道,这指的是一种与墨守成规、一成不变的生活方式截然不同的生活方式,要用心过好每一天。这改变了她已有的观念,但还是很难适应,尤其是不能和家人在一起。对他们而言,每年冬天在佛罗里达州与大家庭见面几乎已经成了传统,那就像他们的临时大本营一样。尽管一开始他们觉得会很孤独,但却发现自己和一群以同样方式生活的家庭打成一片。

“没有人把自己的生活过得一团糟,我开始无法理解这是如何实现的,直到我们身处其中。我们会一起旅行。”麦科克尔说,她强调友谊对她来说有多重要,而且她不希望孩子们因为在家接受教育而且经常搬家而错过友谊。

除了加入一个社区,他们还创建了一个社区(仅在TikTok上就有200多万粉丝)。麦科克尔一家在社交媒体上被称为“游牧之家”。她的目标只是向人们展示他们的生活方式,并从本质上鼓励人们跳出旧有生活方式的条条框框。在她发布了第一个视频后,她们一家就爆火了。人们有疑问,然后又产生了新疑问,所以她不断发布视频来回答这些问题——现在这是她家庭的主要收入来源。

当被问及他们是否怀疑过自己的决定时,麦科克尔的丈夫笑着说,当菲尼克斯的气温降到30华氏度(约零下1.11摄氏度)时有过。但随后她指出在那个独有的时刻,她说自己知道他们做出了正确的决定:卖掉房子,收拾行李,无限期地住在房车里。麦科克尔和她的家人当时在田纳西州的一个州立公园,他们都在外面闲逛,但她说自己感到非常平静。

麦科克尔说:“我们能够活在当下。当你从快节奏的生活方式中(社会要求)抽离出来时,生活中的许多压力源就会消失。”

麦科克尔称,他们都很忙,即便是她的二女儿也是如此,她参与了许多自己喜欢的活动,但在一天结束时,她会哭着回家,因为她觉得自己没有时间陪伴家人。麦科克尔表示,她似乎没有意识到,按照传统的方式生活,思考和管理一切需要花费多少时间。

“我们只是坐在外面,待办事项清单上空空如也。”麦科克尔说,她的声音有些沙哑。“在我们开始旅行之前,待办事项清单列一堆,事情永远做不完。我们只是坐在外面,没有迫在眉睫的待办事项,只是享受家人在一起的时光。”(财富中文网)

译者:中慧言-王芳

Zooming from her camper in Milwaukee, Jessica McCorkle told me about her daughter and how she’d been very sick for five years. After going to several doctors for three years as she got progressively worse, Addison, who’s 15 now, was diagnosed with pediatric acute onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. It was triggered by a prior mono infection. McCorkle says her daughter went from a happy child to a completely different person overnight.

“I had my daughter, and then I didn’t have my daughter, like mentally she was not there,” McCorkle said, trying to hold back tears. “You could see it in her eyes that she was still in there somewhere.”

Once Addison was diagnosed, she went through nearly two years of intravenous immunoglobulin treatments, before their doctor told them she was in remission. That night, McCorkle remembers coming home crying to her husband, questioning their lives.

“I looked at him, and I was like, we just need a reset,” McCorkle said.

McCorkle and her husband, who’s a stepfather to her three kids, were both in their mid-thirties and worked long hours. She owned her own business selling natural cleaning supplies and felt like she barely saw her kids. They decided to get a camper and take a trip for a couple of months—a reset from life, as McCorkle put it. That trip out to the West Coast, beginning with Albuquerque, evolved into their new lifestyle: living in an RV and traveling across the country, homeschooling their three kids. That trip they took before realizing they’d like to do this longer term became a sort of trial run.

“We didn’t really know that it was a trial run,” McCorkle said, as her husband, Dub, sitting beside her, said with a laugh, “We didn’t plan to live in a camper.”

But they found a whole group of other families that lived in their campers, traveling full-time, and it felt like a community. The entire trip, McCorkle said, was an emotional experience for their family. They went back home and sold their home in South Carolina. That was around the end of 2020, and they’re still going and have no plans to stop.

Stopped in Milwaukee for medical appointments, McCorkle said this particular stop wasn’t as fun as their usual travels. But they’re headed to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then to Indiana to run some cross-country errands, as McCorkle put it, before meeting up with friends in Massachusetts in June. Their 47-foot fifth wheel, and home, is their third camper. They knocked down a wall that separated two loft areas to make it one big living space, took out one of the two showers for more storage room, and built cabinets for the garage—quite an upgrade from their first camper that cost them $36,000. McCorkle calls it a “bougie camper.”

They’ve made it to their 30th state and are in their third year of their cross-country tour. Aside from loving the big cities like New York, where they camped right on the Hudson River and hopped on the subway to get to the city, McCorkle said southern Utah has been her favorite spot yet. The national parks and beautiful views everywhere you look seemed to have made it a simple choice for her.

You’d think that she and her husband would be the outdoorsy type considering their lifestyle, but neither of them grew up camping. McCorkle said she’d only been in a camper once before, in elementary school. So it hasn’t always been easy. When her family started traveling, living out of their camper, McCorkle said she didn’t know how to do nothing. She remembers sitting on the couch one night, when all the kids were asleep, thinking that she couldn’t do this. The next day she went to Walmart and bought yarn and crochet hooks. By the end of that day McCorkle crocheted winter hats for the whole family—granted it was summer at the time—but it gave her something to do.

“There’s definitely ups and downs, and it’s not perfect,” McCorkle said. “It’s not like going to national parks every single day. We still have a regular life, we still have to work…But I can say that we are definitely more intentional with our life now.”

When she says intentional, McCorkle explained that she thinks of it as not being stuck in a rut, having the same routine, and not living for each day. That’s changed for her, but it was hard to adjust, particularly to not being with family. It’s become almost a tradition for them to meet their extended family in Florida every winter, like a makeshift home base for them. But despite initially thinking that they’d be lonely living on the road, they’ve found themselves rolling with a community of families living the same way.

“Nobody’s running their lives ragged, and I cannot have wrapped my head around how this works until we were like in it. But we travel together,” McCorkle said, stressing how important friendship is to her and how she didn’t want her kids to miss out on that since they’re homeschooled and constantly on the move.

Aside from finding a community, they’ve also built one, with more than 2 million followers on TikTok alone. McCorkle and her family are known as the family of nomads on social media. Her goal was to simply show people their lifestyle and essentially encourage them to think outside the box in terms of how they live. After posting one of her first videos, it went viral. People had questions, and they continue to have questions, so she keeps posting clips to answer them—now it’s her family’s main source of income.

When asked if there’s been any moments where they doubted their decision, McCorkle’s husband laughed and said, when it got down to the thirties in Phoenix. But then she pointed to a singular moment where she said she knew they’d made the right decision, selling their home, packing up, and living in an RV indefinitely. McCorkle and her family were at a state park in Tennessee and they were all just outside hanging around, but she said she felt so much peace.

“We were able to just really fully be in the moment,” McCorkle said. “And so many of life’s stressors go away…when you remove yourself from the hectic lifestyle that society tells you that you’re supposed to have.”

They were all busy, McCorkle said, even her middle daughter who was involved in so many activities that she loved, but at the end of the day would come home crying because she felt like she never saw her family. McCorkle said it was as if she didn’t realize how much time it takes to think and manage everything that comes with living a traditional life.

“We just were sitting outside, and we didn’t have anything on our to-do list,” McCorkel said, her voice cracking slightly. “Like before we started traveling, we had to-do lists that never got finished. We just were sitting outside with no to-do list that was looming over us, and we were just enjoying our family.”

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