In the months since I decided to pursue a mobile lifestyle, I have been blessed to have almost constant inspiration keeping me motivated and driven in pursuit of my goals. I never know how or where the motivation will appear, but it can be as simple as seeing an RV pull onto the highway on my way to work, or a friend, who has obviously been paying attention, gifting me with a silver travel trailer charm for my necklace.
Another thing that keeps me inspired is my incessant need to know stuff. I read a lot, watch videos, and research constantly. One of the things I happened upon was a wonderful documentary called Without Bound – Perspectives in Mobile Living. I have watched it 5 times since I first saw it in May. It’s only 50 minutes long and it inspires me again each time I see it. I wanted to share two of the people I most appreciated in the film, and though everyone had a remarkable story to tell, these two really stood out for me.
Bob Wells is featured in the film and is the first person on camera as it begins. He is appropriately unapologetic for the way he lives. He firmly believes he is more mentally healthy living this lifestyle than those stuck in the never-ending search for happiness through the acquisition of things. I would be hard pressed to disagree. He is a very well-spoken, intelligent man and in the documentary offers some insightful observations, like this one: “Oddly enough, I believe that hermits live in houses today. I won’t put you on the spot and ask you how many of your neighbors do you know, really know, but I bet it’s not many. If you do, you are the exception and not the rule. Yet if you ask me how many deeply connected friends I have that live in vans, I would tell you dozens.”
Also in the documentary, Randy Vining shares that he was working as a police officer when he read Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden‘ for the first time. He boldly declares that it changed his life. He interprets part of the message he received from reading Thoreau’s words as this: “Why would you work all of your life to have a little bit of freedom at the end? When, if you could live efficiently, you could adventure on life now.” And that is exactly what Randy did. If the documentary is any example, Randy has a wonderful loving personality and is not only a poet, but a philosopher, and a deep thinker. What a loss it would have been had he not picked up that book and subsequently followed his heart.
Without Bound is an apt title and signifies for me the infinite opportunities ahead. There have been many times in my life I was inspired to do something but didn’t act on it. There were times I gave up too soon. Often I lacked a belief in myself, a belief that I could achieve my dreams or goals. Sometimes, I simply lacked the motivation to see them through. Could my life be different now if I had believed in myself sooner? Had I been more motivated? It’s entirely possible. But that was not my path. I am here now because this is my time. I couldn’t have gotten here sooner because I wouldn’t have been the person I am today. Some people are blessed to achieve their clarity at a much younger age than I did, but I have no regrets. I am grateful for the length of my journey.