A little over two weeks and some change have passed since I’ve been a full-time vandwelling twenty-something year old boyish-man barista guy. It has been exactly 41 days since I left the proverbial nest and headed west with my longtime friend, Taylor Massa. I’ve once again found myself nestled in the magic hidden within the beauty of Coyote Coffee’s energetic, world-solving, eclectic varied visitors.
My traveling companion "Orca the Great" is growing extremely fast and tends to find favor wherever he purrs. He really makes my time living in the van a special experience. I love that he is feisty and pounces like a beast. It's comical because he thinks he's sneaky; creeping forward ever so slightly where the only tell that reveals his intentions are within the twinkle of his eyes, showing excitement for the ensuing battle with dear old dad.
I work at the raddest coffee shop in the Bay Area where every day is full of adventure. It’s a small coffee-cart attached to the side of a CrossFit gym. The locals love it. Every morning around the same time I'm blessed with a consistent group who vary in age and come together to talk about anything and everything. I'm pretty sure all the world's problems are solved every morning outside of Coyote Coffee. My latte art may be nonexistent and cappuccinos inconsistent; however so believe me though you don't want to miss out on this magical place.
Kamala is quickly becoming a hotel parking lot regular. I bounce from motel to hotel and occasionally throw in a residential spot every once in awhile. The issue i'm running into is that when it gets dark my productivity dwindles quite a bit, so in an attempt to remain stealthy while sleeping in the community I have to keep the van lights to a minimum. I also struggle being productive at times without a consistent place to call home. I finish work around noon and as soon as I head to the van to work on other things I lose track of what it was that I wanted to do. I have a touch of ADD and this is where it comes out. I'm also working on being better about my nutritional needs. I tend not to eat processed food, which tends to make it a bit tricky while living in the van. I have a stove to cook on but get lost in other projects going on that I have a hard time slowing down to cook myself, so if anything I am starving instead of eating poorly – which is likely equally as bad. Let's just call it a work in progress.
I pay $40 a month for a gym membership that also acts as my bathroom. If I'm not opening the shop in the morning I typically wake up at 5AM to do some cardio, stretch, and shower all before work. On mornings I do open I get up at 4:45AM and am open by 5:30AM. In addition to the gym membership my only other bills are: car insurance, phone bill, student-loans, and a few other small expenses. Rather than paying $1500 a month to share a bedroom I am now able to put everything I make toward bills and should be able to make a dent in my financial life. I plan to stay in the area until at least June, so my goal is to be debt-free and well on my way toward absolute financial freedom.
In June I'm going to be racing 2,745 miles across America in the Great Divide Mountain Bike race. It begins in Banff, CA and ends in Antelope Wells, NM. The race has neither entry fee or reward for winning. The only reward to be received is the joy felt from accomplishing such an endeavor. Riders that complete the route end up climbing a combined 200,000 ft., which is equivalent to summitting Mt. Everest 7 times. It is completely self-supported; meaning I will be carrying everything I need to survive in the wild on my bike. The longest bike tour I've ever been on was a 180-mile route through Michigan that took four days this past summer. I know it isn't the logical thing to do by signing up for the worlds longest off-road mountain bike race, but lets face it when do I ever listen to logic. I am geeked to ride because I will be forced to learn how to survive in the wilderness with Grizzlies, mountain lions, lack of societal resources, and extremely limited cell phone service. The route claims to only have cell phone service for about 5% of the 2,745 miles. I'm trying to convince my friends to join me but I can't blame them for not being interested. I still think I can convince at least one of them to join, but if not I'm still gone come June.
Since moving back West I've been at a crossroads and really struggling with having too many ideas, and too little ambition for one single path. I feel bad for the people asking me what I'm doing with my life because I unload a million different ideas and never seem to know which one is best. However, as of late I'm discovering that it's best to pick one thing and work toward it, then after it has been accomplished I can move on to the next. It's a weird idea but based on our actions many times it seems as though we live life overestimating what can be done in a day, and totally underestimating what can be accomplished in a lifetime.
I've decided to put the bike ride at the forefront of my existence. The reasons are numerous, but mainly because I think it will help shed light on the rest of my life as well. 2,745 miles is a long way to ride by yourself – a lot of time in the saddle, and a lot of time to think.
Thanks for taking a moment to check in. I'd like to challenge you to take ownership of this moment and understand that 10 years from now will be here regardless of what you do or do not do today; so be your best advocate and shape this moment into one that will lead you into the amazing individual you are called to become. No one else is going to do it for you, so stop waiting around and chase your dreams. YOU ONLY HAVE ONE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE...WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO WASTE THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL-TIME? YOUR LIFE - IT'S UP TO YOU! If you are reading this in discouragement and wondering what it is that you may be passionate about, I ask you to sit down and consider how many life distractions might be blocking your ability to listen to your heart and fully understand your life mission/purpose? We all have one. But it is up to us to be open and understand that we will struggle to see our passions when we fill our lives with distractions, stress, and preconceived beliefs. We have to wake up and take ownership of the world around. We are the voice. We are the power. We are the people that not only make up this great Nation, but also this magnificent World, and Universe. As a society we are asleep at the wheel and need to wake up. Follow your heart and help me ignite the world around. Life is too short to live in grim and undesirable circumstances. We have allowed ourselves to get to where we are today, but the beauty behind those words tell me that we can also create the world we wish to live in tomorrow. Don’t wait!