Yesterday’s post might have implied that I was pushing this nomadic lifestyle on you. I didn’t mean that at all. My main gist was to “find your bliss” and pursue it.
But how do you “find your bliss?” …
Your “bliss” is to live in harmony with your passions, to live true to your nature. But how do you find your passions?
Your passions can simply be found by looking at your past and thinking, “What has been a constant, recurring desire of mine? What things do I hate or regret about the way I’ve lived.”
Don’t look at the details as much as the patterns.
For example, my passions are:
- Freedom. I hate to feel restricted. I love to explore. I don’t like to make plans. I yearn to see new things.
- Beauty. I love nature. I’m drawn to stairs and windows and doorways. I love photography. I love to make art.
- Inner Peace. I love when I feel in harmony within and without. I feel a strong, spiritual connection to nature. I sense there is something much “more” to me than my thoughts.
These have been constant and recurring passions throughout my life. I didn’t always have them in my life, especially during my “office” years, but I always wanted them in my life.
So now I travel, I surround myself in beauty, and I devote much of my life to spirituality. I call this “living true.”
But my passions aren’t your passions. You’ve got to find your own.
But if one of your passions is the “nomad life” (as many people I’ve run across this year have expressed) – then here are a few pointers before you begin…
Starting Out on the Nomad Life
- Don’t sweat your first rig. You WILL change it. Most full-timers I’ve talked to are on their third or fourth rig. You just don’t know what you’ll find important in a rig until you start living this lifestyle.
- Start with a generic, used rig. Class A or C with a tow vehicle. This allows you the most flexibility, comfort, mobility. You’ve got room, storage, a separate vehicle so you can stay in one place for awhile without disconnecting. You can stay in campgrounds or boondock.
- Give the lifestyle at least three months. It takes that long to get into the swing of it.
- Don’t sell the farm until you know this is what you want to do (see #3).
For myself (in reference to #1), I now want to downgrade to a stealthy van setup. I want to be able to explore cities more and I’m willing to sacrifice comfort and storage. I do not recommend this for your first rig though. It would be too big of a culture shock and you’d never stick with it (#3). Most people who live out of their cars/vans do it because of necessity, not desire.
I’ve talked to a couple people about buying my rig, but everyone, when it was “put up or shut up” time, well they shut up (no hard feelings, I don’t want to talk anyone into anything).
Thinking about living this life is a nice fantasy, but it isn’t for everyone and I don’t want anyone to think I’m saying that just because I love living this way, that everyone should. 🙂
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