2 months ago
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As many of you are aware, the van build is finally complete...
Now, it’s time to for the really fun stuff: to take this adventure mobile and hit the road! But first, I’ve gotta move in and get accustomed to living in a small space on the road again, and with that comes a bit of an adjustment period.
See, every time that I spend a while settled down, for whatever reason, it’s always a little scary to give up all the ammenities that I have grown so used to in exchange for life on the road.
I gotta just go for it and dive back in. The first step is moving into the van. I worked in the van during the day, hung out in the van at night, started grocery shopping again instead of eating out all the time and really putting that awesome fridge to use. Doing this really helped me get a feel for the van and the little things that I had overlooked that are almost impossible to catch until physically living in it. Things like where do I hang my clothes after wearing them, how do I block out the light so that I can sleep, and dealing with wildlife……
yea, that’s a thing. While living in Seths driveway for 2 weeks, we had a pretty epic ongoing battle with the local bears.
Once we got all that settled, it was time to spread my wings and fly, so I set off from the Hack Shack, determined to get back to 100% self sufficiency again. As an outsider looking in, it may be tempting to think that I wanted to stay at Seth’s as long as I could. I mean, why would I? I was living in the lap of luxury and getting to hang out with my great friend? The thing is…. although I really enjoyed our time hanging out, working, and riding , there’s nothing quite like having your own space to come back to at the end of the day. I personally really value being self sufficient; and having to rely on, even such a great friend, so heavily for so long gets tough. I want my friends to always know that when we hang it’s not because I need to do my laundry or take a hot shower… it's because I want their company.
Speaking of friends and great company, it wasn’t long before it was time for my first mini adventure in the van When my little brother, Edward, and best friend Chance, let me know they were driving up to Atlanta to move some stuff, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to see them.
It was a super short stay, really just 48 hours, but I’m happy that I jumped in the van and head down to see them as any amount of time spent with friends and family is worth it in my opinion.
The stay was over before we knew it, and it was time for them to head back down to FL.
Back to Asheville I go.
it’s so funny to me how little of actual van life gets shown in the internet. The harsh truth is that vast majority of van life is not glamorous or fun, despite what all the instagram models want you to believe, and it most definitely doesn’t come with as many half naked girls. Well, It’s safe to say that I’m not glamorous and I’m definitely not afraid to showcase all aspects of van life from the mundane and hard times to the really good stuff that makes it all worth it.
There are some very obvious drawbacks of living out of a van on the road, which I was quickly reminded of...
Personally, I think the important thing to remember is that I didn’t choose this way of life because I love living in a car or a van or a tent. The whole reason I live like this is for what it enables me to do. It all started with an idea of what I want out of life and the things that I value, and then I started to figure out a way of living that would best facilitate these. Hence, van life.
See you again soon my friends!