Random Acts of Kindness
I was at Coyote Coffee the other day and told a guy I liked his hat - thinking nothing of it I went back to work and was soon rewarded for the compliment. The guy tossed the hat onto the counter and into the coffee stand saying “he had too many.”
Living on the road and choosing a simpler life aimed at connection - being a Maverick in a uniform society - and valuing experiences over “things” have all taught me a thing or two. There are ongoing realities I face on a regular basis with Kamala being my teacher in the game of life.
Time and time again I see people showing their true nature by reaching out to lend a hand, or encouraging one another during times of darkness (they’re sure to come) - while consistently showing a uniform love which seems to stem from an altruistic place.
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Henry David Thoreau
The Need For a Common Sense Revolution:
It’s no secret we’re living through a crazy time, but I don’t think it’s anything worse than the past - It’s just elevated and accelerated thanks to the evolution of technology.
We see and hear things instantaneously - we’ve become a reactionary society that’s allowed the media to instill fear and chaos into our lives. We listen to the news and walk around half expecting the worse to happen - closing ourselves off to one another and some potentially amazing experiences.
There’s a stigma that shadows this country and it’s a belief that “outsiders” - people out of your ‘typical’ social class, group, or whatever you call it; are scary, criminals, and untrusting. When I tell people I live in a van or have intentions to travel the globe I’m met with worry and caution.
I understand the caution but I don’t understand the resistance. When you have a goal or desire in life you shouldn’t limit yourself because it might be hard and uncomfortable - rather it should drive you all the more - wanting to accomplish it while the rest of the world is busy twiddling their thumbs and accepting limiting beliefs. We need a common sense revolution.
While at the coffee shop I come in contact with around 100 different individuals on a daily basis, and I’m always engaging and mingling with them. I like it because it gives me the chance to listen to the pulse of our community - listening to what they’re talking about - the good, the bad; the worries, and the things they’d do differently.
Embracing Connection over Fear of the Unknown
People speak with a helpless pitch, especially when politics and our current president are brought up. I was laying in the van after a ride through the Mountains the other day when a few ladies walked by discussing their fears of President Trump - speaking as if they didn’t have choices or a future - fear runs rampant in our distraught and convoluted society.
I’ve tossed around the idea of listing my van on Couchsurfer so I can offer to host guests in my home on wheels. It’s small and doesn’t have a bathroom but I have a hammock, a bed, a floor, and know of all the public restrooms to use in times of need - I believe true travelers would be ecstatic for even a modest place to sleep - especially one thats out of the elements and comes with a friend.
I believe in people - I believe in you and I believe in myself. Eight months down and the truth that’s seared most into my brain is that people are genuinely good - Whenever I’ve needed help there has been someone there to lift me up. I’m constantly turning down offers from individuals who want to make my vandwelling experience a little bit easier, yet when I first set out to live in a van I was told how evil and vicious the world around me was - “don’t get killed, Daniel" - they said.
"The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time." - Jack London
As Free as a Bird in the Sky
We need a cultural revolution that starts with learning how to be patient when communicating our needs - I believe there are a lot of people out there who are unhappy about their lives but are too afraid to speak their minds - contributing to the collapse of the American Society. Our planet is inhabited by individuals first - and it’s these individuals who have to come together to make any lasting changes. We are the voice. We are the power - but none of that matters when we stand in fear of our brothers and sisters who are all around us.
We’re just as natural as the deer in the field or the eagle in the sky - it’s our minds that trick us into believing otherwise. When I see a bird floating effortlessly above me I look on with envy and passion - knowing I’m just as free as he is with his feathers blowing in the wind.
I’m speaking of true freedom thats available to everyone. A genuine form found in existence - one that takes a conscious effort to switch off the mind as you sit presently aware of your direct connection to Earth, the environment, and yourself. I encourage you to unravel the chains and embrace the freedom thats omnipotently present - the more you’re able to do so, the higher quality of life you’ll live - we only get one shot at this thing - what story are you writing?
Dan The Van Man
Is crafting a simple, sustainable, and adventurous lifestyle while living in a van down by the river - A publication for those who seek freedom through adventure!