When one way of life doesn’t feel right, pursue another. Sometimes it feels as though many people have fallen under the false belief that once you’re in the thick of life, that’s all there is. Why live a life you’re not passionate about only to feel stuck? That’s nonsense!
At any point in your life, in whatever stage, you can choose differently.
We found ourselves itching to explore and see the world in a different way, and thus, Van Wilder was brought into existence. Although we have shared much about our adventures, we can’t help but continue to speak of this freeing way of life we pursue.
There is something unspeakably comforting to us about living simply. Having less things, in order to have more life. No material item could bring us the joy that wandering new places and meeting new faces could. We fill, or maybe intentionally place would be a better description, our tiny space with meaningful belongings. Such a tiny space has a way of making you more aware of what you own and what you’re buying simply because there is little space to put the knick knacks, trinkets, souvenirs and the like. People say they couldn’t imagine not having x, y, or z, but it’s far easier to let go than one might think. This act of letting go of unnecessary things has dissolved into other aspects of our Wildway of Life and become somewhat of our new normal. Relationships, memories, thoughts, opinions, and so much more - if it doesn’t add value to our lives, we should intentionally seek to let it go.
Stepping beyond the boundaries of comfort is a skill we’ve been forced to practice from choosing to live alternatively. Forcing ourselves out of our shells when meeting new people so as to not feel alone, with time, progressively becomes more natural, a new normal. At times we may travel alone, but rarely have we ever felt alone with all of the quality company we meet along the way. We reflect on the times we hiked unfamiliar trails with fresh company and can’t help but think such an experience was made sweeter with the laughter and conversation of others. This new sense of connection has allowed us to understand just how essential human connection and community is to our wellbeing. Of course, we spend time recharging in solitude, but eagerly await the moments when we can feel the deep sense of oneness with others around us.
At the end of the day, whatever allows you to live a more deliberate and purposeful life is worth chasing.
Although this may look different from one person to the next, it’s all about respecting and appreciating the ways in which we all choose to live our wild lives.