Lately I’ve been thinking about how I can make traveling mean a little more. My ultimate goal is to create a mobile position that allows me to travel the world while making a difference. Yes I want to travel. Yes I want to see the world. And yes I’m eager to hit the road making this happen, but by no means do I care to be a “taker” so to speak, while out there experiencing different cultures. I believe in a world driven by servitude, action, and appreciation. I want to give just as much, if not more, than what I’ve already been given and continue to receive.
I feel like I have everything I need in life. I have so much joy, happiness, and overall love for the world that I want nothing more than to go out and share my excitement with everyone I encounter. I see a world without limitations and a place for us to test ourselves by seeing how far we can go; not in worldly materialistic gains, but in personal development and relational pursuits. I’ve found the further we grow in ourselves, the more life around us begins to make sense; which then allows us to start navigating our own path along the journey. Rather than wandering through life aimlessly we are able to start seeing purpose and direction more often, and easier than before.
I’ve decided to exit the rat race of society and redo the interior of my 1998 Ford conversion van. My plans are to build a home within the van that supports a life of health, wellness, productivity, and an all around safe haven to not just live, but thrive. Just as Orrin Woodward wrote in “Financial Fitness:” “everyone has an opinion about how to make improvements. Coming up with good ideas is no big deal. The world is full of great ideas and deep thinkers of grand theories. Implementation and results make the difference.” Today we live in a society where:
The numbers from above are a bit outdated, as this data is from 2013. But to be honest I fear the numbers are probably worse than they were in 2013 because inflation has gone up, and as a nation we haven’t done much to change the beliefs which create the “money matrix” we find ourselves in today. If anything it has gotten worse with the improvement of technology. We spend less cash and use more cards, which in turn causes many of us to spend more unconsciously on things we otherwise wouldn’t buy. I’ve found that I really don’t need a whole lot to live, and a van suits my needs perfectly. My biggest expense while living in the van will be food and gas. I have the opportunity to live, grow, and build wealth on my own terms. I will be able to travel, camp, explore, meet people, and save money by living within my means. What more could a man ask for? At least at my age. I will be 26 later this month and just like my Native ancestors believed, there is a time for everything. Right now it’s time for this young Maverick to forge his own path. I want to be myself wholly, so I can give to the world fully.
As I mentioned earlier I feel blessed to have lived the life I have lived. I’ve had amazing people throughout my life mentor me and guide me on the way. My Mother being one of the biggest contributors. All the words in the world couldn’t begin to describe the love and thankfulness I possess for this woman. It is the people like her in my life that have fueled me on this path, and my hope in traveling is to be able to share what I’ve learned from all of you. Share life, share love, and create memories that will stand the test of time. That is all that truly matters. Enjoying what you have, loving one another, growing in yourself, and sharing what you’ve found. That’s the life that I am after.
Stayed tuned as I will be going on my first little bike packing adventure with my buddy Nick this weekend. Next week we will be in St. Ignace, MI running a wrestling camp so we decided to bike up there from our other buddies house near Cadillac, MI. All-in-all it will be a little under 200 miles of riding. We plan to make the trip in three days; camping along the way. In addition to the trip I will be talking about future plans and what I have coming up in the next few months. But for now take care and stay blessed!
Talk to you soon!