For the first time in a long time, this will be a post without a video (there are pics) and be mostly one of my monologues on life. I received a telephone call a couple of mornings ago from one of my dear dear friends, Emma. She is one of the sweetest, most kind, gentle people I know. Among other things, I could tell she was a little concerned about me. Those of you that know me a bit understand that I don’t live a particularly conventional lifestyle. To some I might even be a little deprived (not “depraved” you nuts!!!). So I looked around me (pics below) and decided to make a bit of a list of things I don’t have. (and maybe a list what I DO have)
- car payment… I drive a 1994 GMC cargo van. Soon, it will also be my 365-day a year home. I have a queen size bed and will have a refrigerator, microwave, portable oven and cooktop, basically all the amenities of home. It’s paid for and very reliable. It’s never left me on the side of the road
- mortage/rent payment… yes, that’s right, by technical definition, I am homeless. Although it is by choice, something most don’t understand WHY someone would choose this lifestyle. I guess first of all, it’s cheaper! Secondly, it’s very freeing. If I want to stay someplace, visit someplace, I do. No house or apartment to worry about. No checking to make sure the lights/heat are off, etc. I live where I am both physically and emotionally.
- a lot of money… you would think with neither of the above, money would be piling up all over the place. It doesn’t. It’s my own fault, obviously, I’m just not good with money. But, I have made my peace with that and now embrace it rather than fight it. One distinct advantage is that if you don’t have money, you don’t worry about it. It’s almost weird how that is. I am a lot happier broke.
- pressure to change things… since I’ve been a little “outside the box” most of my life, the pressures to change have pretty much disappeared. I do realize that a couple of people in my life would be happier if I were a little more conventional and wish that I would “grow up” but then again only growing old is mandatory… growing up is optional and an option I’m not willing to take right now.(Sorry, kids)
Things I Do Have…
- friends… somehow, I have managed the most amazing, fantastic group of friends. They may not be large in numbers, but their friendships are amazing in closeness, camaraderie, willingness to sacrifice for one another, support. They are just the best group of people to call “friend.” Even this group is unconventional, spread all over the US and beyond. Some of these friends I’ve never even met face to face. Yes, I have online only friends, but I’ll put them up against any group of so-called “friends” Here’s a couple of my unconventional friends this morning… (don’t worry, I’m not talking to the animals….. yet)
- mobility… since I am “homeless” (I prefer the term “vagabond” or even “hobo”) I can go where I want to go, when I want to go. This morning I was here.
- a job… yes, believe it or not I am gainfully employed… with the same company since 2006. It’s maybe the only conventional thing I do… LOL. But then again, why not when you get to live around here!!!
And, I guess finally, I have this (and eventually other) websites/blogs, etc. Hopefully you enjoy what you see here and it will continue to change constantly I hope.
Thank you everyone for your interest. Please let me know what you think by commenting below.