posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 06:32 AM
This is a half thought out post.
My younger brother, just shy of 30, has been living a "nomadic lifestyle for about 3 years now, and its the happiest he has ever been. He has worked
many jobs, from fast food, to working for the DoD. One day, he quit, sold just about everything he owns and decidedly became homeless.
Part of the year he lives at a commune/squat. Probably 6 to 8 people live there on the regular, and another 10 or so come and go from various places.
People live in buses, tents, and even hammocks in trees. Some work part time jobs, others maintain a vegetable garden on the premise, and others go
out and about to earn some quick cash to kick down. As stated, there is a veggie garden, as well as a goat, and chicken coop, so some food is taken
care of on the property. Some food is "dumpstered" and still other food, such as day old bread, and the like, is given away to them from local
The group also volunteer at Food Not Bombs, which provide meals for the homeless and those in need.
The remainder of the year is spent traveling.
Sometimes by hitch-hiking, or it's safer counterpart, Ride-sharing. Other times he will roll old school, and train hop, traveling west coast to east
and back again. He's been able to cross the U.S. on his own private rail car. Toured most of the East and South in a bus, performing drums with a
band. Right now, he's in Hawaii, staying on beaches with his gal for the next 6 weeks.
He's lives where he wants when he wants to. Eventually finding a small piece of unworked land and building a home for himself being a goal. Working 2
months out of the year, and for very little money, he is the most Free person I know. He does not scam the system for welfare, nor steal from people,
nor do drugs or have a mental handicap. He just lives how he desires one sunrise to the next.
My point, finally, is that originally, I was very much against his abrupt lifestyle change, but over the years have been able to come to terms with
his choices for his life. Originally I didnt agree because I was worried about his future, and his ability to take care of himself at a later age; was
worried about all of the things that keep us in check, and bumping out the daily grind, like owning a home, retirement, responsibility to a family,
keeping healthy. I came to realize, that I was just envious, and much wanted the same kind of life he is able to live. To drop it all, sell
everything, travel and live off the land. But fear of losing all of my "securities" keep me locked in to the rat race.
Ive been invited many times to go out on these adventures, and have felt the need to decline every time. For Fear of returning, and not being able to
get a job again, or having my room rented out, or of the IRS wanting "their cut," or vagrancy laws, or maybe I wont be able to hack it, or a million
other bothersome thoughts.
I can see how living his lifestyle can be fulfilling. In order to do so, you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable sometimes. You have to survive
on a daily basis, as one poster mentioned, and I think this is a good thing. To be self reliant to such a degree.
Thank you for the thread OP! And thanks to those who take the time to read, as I know quite a few ATSers aren't to keen on a "wall of text."