But Thanksgiving is more than just Turkey day, it is a time to gather with friends and family. I think of all of you as part of my family, so I put out a general call that everyone was welcome. The response was pretty good. There were 12 of us total for dinner:
- Myself who full-times in a Converted Cargo Trailer
- Steve who full-times in a 4×4 Chevy van
- Terry who Stealth parks in Long Beach in a high-top conversion van,
- Bill a full-timer from Tucson in a Roadtrek Class B,
- Charlene a full-timer in a Chevy Express van
- Bill and Judy who are full-timers in a Chevy Express Van towing a 21 foot Travel Trailer
- Fred who full-times in a Travel Trailer
- Anna who part times in a Ford Van
- Doug who full-times in a 5th wheel in an LTVA
- Michael who full-times in a 5th wheel in an RV park
- Phil who full-times in a Chevy Express van
It was obvious that we all treasured our alone time, independence and freedom above everything else, and yet we equally long to make a connection with other like-minded people. Vandwelling offers us a unique combination of freedom and comradery that appeals to both those sides of us. Oddly enough, MS Word doesn’t know the word “comradery” so I looked it up and it is defined as: “used to characterize the easy familiarity between those who know each other well.” And that is exactly how I feel whenever I meet a fellow vandweller. I may be meeting them for the first time, but there is an instant familiarity, like we were old friends. Everything about us may be very different, but the fact that we have chosen to live in a vehicle means that deep-down there is some drive, some kind of a fire in each of is that is very much alike. I can’t exactly put my finger on what that drive is, I just know it is there, and I could see it in each person as I looked around the circle at dinner.
Since you are reading this, you must have the same fire in your belly. Maybe you have made the leap and are living in a vehicle already, or perhaps the fires is still building and you are fanning the flames by reading and dreaming on the internet. Whatever your situation, I want to acknowledge and honor that fire in you. And I want to encourage you to honor it as the wonderful and unique gift it is. So many people go through life without ever feeling any spark, merely surviving by going through the motions of living. They allow fear and apathy to douse the flame. Don’t let yourself be one of them; don’t let that fire go out!
I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of a man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. ~Jack London
As another Thanksgiving comes to an end, what I am truly grateful for is the very good fortune to have played some small role in spreading that flame to other people. I am grateful to the internet for allowing us to learn about this wonderful way of life and find each other. And my prayer is that we will each burn bright and find each other in a very dark world.
“If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived?
Find your passion, whatever it may be.
Become it, and let it become you
and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you.” T Alan Armstrong