This past Sunday, June 26th, was my golden birthday; and boy was it golden. I enjoy being around people, especially people I’ve known for a while, and birthdays have a tendency of making that happen. I enjoyed seeing friends of the past, catching up, and sharing laughs. Now that the convenience of college Is over and friends dispersed all around; time schedules clashing and fears of unlatching, your cheers with your peers, can be found; in moments together or far from wherever, I thank you so kindly for making this birthday, a golden birthday to last me forever.
The morning of my birthday started kind of slow. After an early breakfast with a few friends at an omelet shop in Grand Rapids, a buddy and I decided to go watch the new X-men movie…. At 10:30 in the morning on a Sunday. A first for me, but something I really enjoyed. Professor X is still my favorite super hero and I would still take “Mind control” over any other super power.
After the movie it was raining and slightly humid so I didn’t want to make the hour drive home from Grand rapids. So we did what any typical 26-year-old would do on their birthday; we went to the book store. Yes, the book store and it was great. I left with three books and am once again juggling more than one book at a time. It gets to be ridiculous at times. There have been instances where I will be reading 5-8 books at a time; and I’m someone that likes to think about what he’s reading so it takes a while to blaze through books. Well anyway, I’m once again reaching that point and need to narrow down my list of “current reads.” Once I hit the road and am living in the van I plan to categorize my books and allow different reads on different days. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I need a little structure or else I will never make it through a book.
After leaving my friends in Grand Rapids I came home and dove into a book while lying in the hammock attached to the van. I finally began reading “Siddhartha,” which has been recommended by many. It was through reading this book that I finally found the name for my Van. The name of Dan’s Van is Kamala the Van, who’s currently tan and providing the man, all that she can.
Since my birthday I’ve been busy with my older brother working on Kamala. We finally made the trip to Home Depot and purchased the majority of supplies. Yesterday we laid the floor, framed the bed, and recharged the AC unit. After a little brake fluid, fresh interior, and new found identity; Kamala is running better than ever and finally taking some shape. I still plan to use solar but might wait until later. My current plan is to make it as cheap and as simple as possible. I’m sure this isn’t going to be Kamala’s first and only rebuild. My brother and I were thinking about attaching my bike to an alternator and generating power that way, but am now concerned it might not be the most feasible way to recharge. So our new plan includes powering the alternator with the use of a drill. He’s’ done it before and I think it’s going to be the cheapest, easiest way for me to create power right now.
I purchased a small aluminum bowl that I’m going to drill a hole in to create a sink. My current goal with this build is functionality. I need to be able to live and work out of it; that’s about it. I will be forced to be resourceful for a while, but that’s what makes it fun. There is adventure in the unknown. I’m still young and want to experience all of life’s moments. I have a hard time believing I’m already 26. I’ve tipped the scale and surpassed the quarter century mark of this great journey. I don’t say that in fear or discontentment, but more in joy and excitement. I want to remember this life and all of its wonder. I don’t want to wake up one day and be 70 wondering where my life went; I want to be awake to this life and remember it all.
On the day of my birthday I came home to write, and writing you’ll find is exactly what I did. I managed to write my first story. I wrote and I wrote and I wrote. I just let it go. That’s what I do most of the time, just let it go and see what comes. Well that’s what I did with my book and I’m really proud of it. I learned a lot about myself during the project; one of which was my love of words, and the second was my passion for writing. I think my ability to write is best heard in short doses; small books and articles. I’ve found the passion comes out and imagination runs wild. I think I’d like to get into fiction tales and children’s books. But the truth is I’m passionate about life, so give me a topic and I can find a story. I’ve learned that my eyes see stories and my soul wants to share.
Stayed tuned for a release of my book and more on the recent bike trip up north. I still intend on doing a gear review and overall breakdown of the trip. I’ve just been too busy writing “Racing Toward Death: One Man’s Journey to Free His Soul,” as well as loving on my Kamala.
Take care all! Thank you for reading!