It’s 2017 and I don’t know. Life on the road is so wonderfully unpredictable, I don’t know where we will spend our time this year. I don’t know how we’re going to make money. I don’t know who we’re going to meet. Everyone keeps asking, “where are you going to be this summer?” I honestly don’t know. I want to walk the John Muir Trail, maybe we’ll go to the Eclipse festival in Oregon, maybe we’ll bartend at Glacier … But know this, I want to meet up with you! Desperately. I want us to have a beautiful time that only camping in the wilderness with friends can bring.
That’s actually one of the reasons I decided to live out of a camper, constantly on the move, for the possible community. That may seem counter intuitive, but before we left home I read stories and saw photos of families, traveling fulltime, camping together and knew that could be us. Camper vans parked in a circle, a roaring fire, a gang of kids, smiling, present, happy fathers.
Strong energized mothers, supported, laughing, singing together. Some may say, that’s vacation, that’s not real life, that’s not sustainable longterm. Well why not? It’s 2017, we can work online, we can roadschool, we can build a nomadic community. I’ve meet some of you already.
There’s a popular Maori proverb in New Zealand
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people
And when I see you, I want to be with you in a way that will make us both very happy. I want us to hike together in the forest, I want us to joke and make food together while we watch the sunset and I want to sing by the fire with you.
Here’s to 2017, not having to know, dreaming and figuring it out.