I’m doing it! I’ve decided to opt out of the rat race of society and forge my own path; by way of an 1998 Ford E150 Conversion van, a Mountain Bike, a laptop, and an unwavering curiosity and yearning for more. By more I basically mean less, but we will get into that later.
Since coming home from California just over a month ago life has been beautiful, crazy, emotional, but also very clear. From the outside one could say I’m more lost than ever, just a wandering soul without a clear path or direction in life. Yet however random and sporadic my life may appear to others, it has never been this clear in the past. Since around my sophomore year in college I’d describe myself as one who was simply getting by. I never really felt like I had a clear path or direction in life. I was never content and always felt like I was bound to the life I was living. Which for me tended to be pretty dark and gray at times. Sure, I’d have moments of joy where I felt like I was doing what I wanted in life, but more times than not I’d be in my own mental prison of worry, doubts, and a helpless state of being. I began forming a life around the illusions I was creating for myself; acting like I knew what I was doing, and always trying to stay upbeat around others which hasn’t always been the easiest. Even during my one year coaching endeavor at Stanford University, where I was a Volunteer wrestling coach and part time Sales rep for a company called Techtronic Industries, I never felt like I belonged.
It was the opportunity of a lifetime. I had the chance to move across the country to start my journey in the Division 1 wrestling coaching circuit. Which would probably be the natural path for someone with my 20+ year wrestling background, but for whatever reason I had a hard time getting into it. The experience was amazing and I have a lot of great memories to back it, but throughout the whole experience I felt unqualified and unheard. Not because I was actually unqualified or unheard, but for some reason that’s the reality I found myself lost in.
Over a year has passed since I left the wrestling world, and nearly as long since I last worked for a corporate organization. Today I find myself back in Michigan kicking it with all you wonderful Michiganders. I’m unemployed in the eye’s of society, yet more eager and excited about life than ever. During my self-proclaimed “Time-out” from the norm of everyday American living I’ve been fortunate to learn a few things. One of which is that a life founded upon the pursuits of material possessions and the stresses that comes along with it, are far from anything I ever care to worry about again. I’ve found that there is life in living. Less truly is more, and leads to a more fulfilling and overall rich life. However true this may be, I realize most people struggle to slow down enough to fully understand what I’m talking about. We are all so busy living in the rat race of society that we keep trying to force life to happen, rather than allowing it to happen in its own beautiful way. In reality all we have to do is slow down, enjoy what we already have, and live in the moment. By doing so and trusting in the process your life will begin manifesting into that which you desire. “Everything comes into being without effort, and when we exert ourselves we are not in accord with the creative spirit in the way in which it works”- Earnest Holmes.
Instead of exploring and Mountain biking Europe this summer I’ve found myself back in Michigan and ready to hit the reset button. I wasn’t looking for a vehicle upon returning home, but was blessed with a sweet ride that will take me anywhere I want to go. Now that I have the van my plans have changed a bit. I am now looking to convert it into my mobile headquarters…aka home office on wheels; where I can travel the states, mountain bike the best of what America has to offer, continue pursuing a writing career, and learn to become a fully sustainable man. That way when I have a family of my own I can provide them with safety, opportunities, a wealth of knowledge, and the love of a true gentleman. I want to hit the road learning about different skills, trades, and sustainable ways to live. My Native American name is “Migizi,” which is an Ojibwa word for Eagle. My grandfather named me that because of the Eagle’s ability to fly high, see far off into the distance, and a few others reasons I wasn’t able to ask him. He knew of my love for people, and my desire to travel, explore, and learn. So I say to you, it is time for this Eagle to spread his wings and fly.
I really have no idea what I’m doing, but that’s what makes it all so exciting. There is no set standard or detailed rules to live by. I have no auto-mechanic experience and have never really built anything, so this is going to be quite the learning experience. I can’t wait! I will be posting photos and updates on my progress throughout the process. However, please bare with me as there is no script to follow and I am truly learning as I go. In an attempt to make everything work in unison and remain devoted to you, I am only going to be posting twice a week for now. I am hoping to do more in the future, but have too much going on right now to commit to anything more. I am currently trying to build this blog, write my first book, and am working odd jobs to gain experience to fund this lifestyle. In addition I’m trying be a healthy individual and continue building into my current friend and family relationships. Life is great!
Stay tuned as were just getting started on the adventure of a lifetime! Thanks for following along!