I don’t run away. . .
My life in Kansas City, Missouri is wonderful. I have called this place home for all of my life and I have to say it certainly means a lot to me. It is where all of my family is, and I have a lot of friends there, too. But in no way to I feel rooted down to there for the rest of my life.
Friends and family, they don’t always completely understand my intentions. They think I’m running away and looking for an excuse to get away from them. That’s not it at all. I’m not running away. Matter of fact, if I had my choice I’d bring them with me.
But they don’t want to leave. They are content with where their life is which is great for them. I just haven’t found my content place yet. But I do know one thing; it’s that traveling keeps my adrenaline rising.
Freeing myself. . .
We live in a society that forms a “supposed” life for us. We’re supposed to graduate college. You’re supposed to get a job and get married and have kids and retire and then MAYBE do some things you’ve always wanted to.
I had to take a look at myself and ask if that’s really the life I looked forward to. I had to do something radically different – something that would scare the shit out of me to know that I wouldn’t have that regret of not going after everything I dreamed of.
Living out of my car and traveling frugally with no set home IS a sacrifice. But looking at the bigger picture, I see it allows me to be who I want to be. It challenges me to take that step outside of my comfort zone and has taught me that life can be simple at its core.
Avoiding routine. . .
I had to escape the routine that all of us are inevitably heading for or else I’d look back at my twenties and realize a whole decade has passed me without anything I’m passionate enough to show for.
A lot of older folks will tell you, “Life happens…it seems like just yesterday I was 20 and now here I am telling you that life passes far too fast.” Too often this is the case for all of us unless you do something about it. I wanted to do something about it.
When I’m traveling, my mind and eyes are wide open. It’s like my brain is finally turned on and I am LIVING. I’m 22 years old, and yet, I feel like I’ve just started to discover life since I have hit the road. It’s like I’m a kid seeing everything for the first time and everything is brand new to me.
It’s too easy to get overwhelmed with the everyday tasks of growing up and forget to take time for yourself. But no matter what we think, the never-ending To-Do list that is constantly sitting in our mind is never going to get shorter and pretty soon life will pass us by. If we want to stop it, we have to take that unconventional leap into the unknown; no one is going to do it for us.
I found that in order to live the life I want, I need to slow things down and make life simpler. And that’s what living in my car and travel, in general, does for me.
And that’s why I do this.
So to all of my friends and family that think I’m running from my life at home – that‘s not it. Not even close, actually. I’m not trying to find a new life, either. I’m trying to live the life I have to the fullest I can. It may be cliché, but it is how I want to live.
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