Searching Desperately for Some Sanity
When you think of people living in their vans in the woods, your first thought is of crazy people with a mental illness. I know you are objecting to that, but come on, it’s true. Vandwellers are associated with those people. Hopefully, since you are reading this you know that stereotype isn’t true. The odd thing is just how social and “normal” our little group is. We entertain guests, gather for meals and live amazing, healthy lives. Just because we are all sick of the rat race and have decided to follow the beat of a different drummer doesn’t make us crazy. Just the opposite, I think it makes us the sane ones in an insane world.
“The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.” . ~Morrie Schwartz
Speaking for myself, I don’t buy into our culture. Working like a slave until I am old and then trying to cram a lifetime of happiness into those few, brief years of retirement is about the most insane thing I have ever heard of.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Like Thoreau, our little group has gone to the woods to live deliberately, to learn what life really wants to teach us. To actually be happy!
One of my primary goals in my book, websites, the forum and this blog is to change people’s perceptions of us. It’s my hope that when people think of vandwellers, they won’t think of crazy Viet Nam vets who can’t function in society, but they will think of Thoreau at Walden Pond. It’s my dream that every one of my readers will find Thoreau’s kind of insanity deep in your hearts and minds. And then take real physical action to make it come true. Bob