Your Bliss

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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:

  1. Freedom. I hate to feel restricted. I love to explore. I don’t like to make plans. I yearn to see new things.
  2. Beauty. I love nature. I’m drawn to stairs and windows and doorways. I love photography. I love to make art.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Give the lifestyle at least three months. It takes that long to get into the swing of it.
  4. 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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7 thoughts on “Your Bliss

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  2. I read a number of travel blogs and discussion forums, and I am convinced the nomadic life is for me. My wife seems to think it is for her as well. We both had truck drivers for fathers and I had a truck driver for a grandfather. We love going places and seeing new things.

    So, what’s stopping us, you ask? Two things: money, the root of all evil and of all imagined security. My wife thinks we need more, partly because of the second thing that stops us, an autistic teenage son. While he is high functioning, it is anyone’s guess as to whether he will ever live independently. I’m hopeful, but my wife believes we need to prepare financially for his care and for possibly bringing him on the road with us.

    My wife says “someday” and I continue to hope that someday comes sooner rather than later. I’m 52 now and don’t want to reach 60 still waiting for someday to arrive. In the meantime, I work and I dream and I read.

  3. Hi Wayne: This my first time posting on your blog. My wife, Marian, and I are seriously contemplating unplugging from the matrix, and hitting the road. She found your site and excitedly told me about it. We’ve found it very interesting, and really enjoyed your fantastic photos. You are indeed an artist!

    I’m a freelance writer who has practiced real estate for nearly 40 years, as well as an amateur photographer. I crave the full-time opportunity to write and photograph. We’re just a little nervous about pulling the plug.

    I share your wish for freedom, beauty and inner peace. But, as Canadians, with the recent economic and political developments in the USA, we’re concerned with personal security on the roads in the USA, as well as the financial costs of seeking to fulfill our bliss. Any comments you can provide would be most appreciated. Thanks. Ross

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