I’m now near the start of my bike ride across the US, which starts on Saturday. Many people have told me that my trip is exciting. Some have said they envy me, and some have even said it’s inspirational. I’m on trip because it’s right for me, not to gain envy or give inspiration, but if those feelings make people feel better, I’m ok with it. Of course, I’m excited about the trip. I’ll see some wonderful places, places that really are full of wonder. But I’m also uneasy, about a few challenges. I’ll describe them in a bit. Right now, I’d like to share a song that sums things up better than words.
Now for the uneasy part. I quit my job for this trip. Normally, I’m a saver, but those funds went about 2 years ago when I moved back to the US from London. All that leads to the reason I’m taking this trip now, my little problem with cancer. It’s still the right thing to do, but those issues make me uneasy.
Moving on to uplifting thoughts, which come from the young. Some young adults are talking about a lifestyle called vagabonding. The short video below tells the story well, but I’ll mention a wonderful quote from the video, from Thoreau. He cautioned against “Spending of the best part of one’s life earning money in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it.”
That video gives me inspiration and a bit of envy for the young adults who have lived it. I have some limits, since I have no job and some health issues. But, I also have some resources, like a body that’s still pretty strong and few monthly payments. Most people can reach both of those.
This trip still feels risky, but not much good comes without risk. I better stop writing and start sorting out my gear.