“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” James A. Froude
Since my arrival to the west coast, I’ve been taken over by a sense of calm that has allowed me to be hypersensitive to the callings of my heart and soul. This hypersensitivity has me recognizing a flood of serendipitous occurrences, leading me to important relationships and from one meaningful experience to the next. The synchronicity in my journey since July in particular has me holding this Paulo Coehlo quote as a sort of life mantra, “And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Now comes the part where I hammer myself into the character that authentically represents my heart and soul with the faith that I will receive the help I need when I need it.
For the past two years, I’ve been bouncing around mainland United States, Hawaii, and Thailand. I find work where and when I can to support my lifestyle as well as work trade situations as another supplement. My home is my 1996 Ford Econoline van that I share with my fellow gypsy sister. Continuously my ability to do a lot with a little grows as does my passion for this nomadic lifestyle.
More often then not when non-travelers ask me what I do or where I live, I get a handful of responses repeatedly.
- The slightly wild eyes of awe and envy.
- “Do it while you’re young.”
- Looks of inspiration and millions of questions.
- And of course inaccurate assumptions that I’m a trust fund baby that doesn’t contribute to society.
As a traveler though, I also run into many people who also live or have lived nomadically for the main parts of their life and have done amazing things both during their travels and after settling down using the skills they’ve learned and network they’ve built during their nomadic years.
This network seems to have a slightly difficult time making connections with the majority of our society though, which in my opinion (mainly driven by my conservative roots), is a travesty.
Additionally, like many people, I have issues with our public education system and a passionate appreciation for alternative education that instead of focusing on things like facts, formulas, and standardized tests, focuses on things like developing expression, critical thinking skills, and the more specific needs of the individual, like in Waldorf and Montessori education. Or like this school teacher in Maine, Nancy Atwell.
It’s my dream to help bridge the gap between public education and what we consider to be alternative education, insinuating the latter’s place as the secondary option.
Further, I have a lot of faith in the ripple effect. So, it is not in my intention to go straight to fighting the system, but rather to offer particular learning experiences on an intimate level. To work towards building more progressive and aware communities is, in my opinion, the way to work towards a society of similar standards.
And now, I am working to interweave my passion of travel into my passion for more conscious education.
My goal is not to create a generation of hippie nomads but rather to open doors to those of us who are shoved into the college-career-family formula. This formula, although it works for some people, is also detrimental to many others with the feeling of stagnancy, unfulfilling careers, and divorce as frequent results. Results that could be prevented by some time to explore ourselves and the world before we make our lifelong commitments. It’s more fair to our lovers, our colleagues, and most importantly, to ourselves.
Whether we like it our not, our societal standards are in need of some serious revamping. Mother Earth is hurting, human equality is more or less a facade, and the power shift has gone too far into the hands of a very small percentage of people while the rest of our society is tricked into cooperative molds of quiet consumers.
There should be a sense of urgency in all of us to push passion to the forefront of our being because with passion comes authenticity in our every day actions, but without, it gives an inappropriate representation of all that we are and stand for.