GETTING SMALLER TO LIVE BIGGER

There has been a lot in my life as of late that has spoken to me and to what, deep down inside, my heart longs for.  There are things we all yearn for, things that we all need desperately, things that rejuvenate us, center us and restore a healthy level of happiness in our lives.  For myself, were I to narrow it all down to one verbe it would be, 'exploring.'  I think exploring is what everything else I enjoy doing stems from: photography, video, writing, riding, building.  All these things boil down to a desire to explore.  I've always found immense pleasure in exploring.  As a kid I explored what lay beyond my back yard, as a teenager I extended my range to the mountains of coastal British Columbia as an adult I now love to explore throughout North America.  At this time in my life I don't get to do a lot of exploring and I'm always thinking of ways to change those times of no exploration into times of more exploration.  So, how do I do this?  

There are some trends occurring that I'm very eager to jump onto the band wagon with.   Have any of you seen this?: #vanlife.  Yeah, the vanlife looks like the life for me. I've been following the movement on instagram for a while and recently have been reading more articles on the subject.  As you can probably imagine, it's all about people either moving into their van's part time or full time.  It's people saying, "screw it! I'm done with the rat race!" They shed all but their most needed possessions and squeeze their life into a van.  Since the purchase of Casper, my whole mentality has changed.  I've been progressively slimming down my possessions so that I can fit most of what I have within the confines of a vehicle.  With everything I now purchase it has to be of high quality to last a long time, I don't want quick turnover, and everything must also fulfill a need instead of a want.  

When I calculate what I want to do with my life and how to do it, vanlife is definitely another key factor in the equation.  Most recently I've latched onto the idea of purchasing a small bus and converting it to a camper of sorts, it's like #vanlife plus sized.  I get very excited about idea's when I first get them and usually go off on a tangent for a while then settle into the reality that I need money for most of my ideas.  Usually my idea's go through a variety of different iterations till I have a solid plan.  As of right now, I'm searching for a semi classic bus to convert, if you know anyone that has an old bus sitting in their backyard...let me know.  

Interested in Vanlife?  Check out this video...

s many of you know I work on a farm in Alberta for about six months of the year so that I can drive around and explore for the other half of the year. In just a month, Alison and I will hit the road once again and travel South. Often when I'm here working it's easy to get frustrated as I see friends and family living out a life that seems much more adventurous than mine.  It always seems that the closer I get to my departure dates the more difficult it becomes to stay content.  This waiting is an ongoing lesson in patience and contentedness, often I'm frustrated, but sometimes I have small victories.  I had a small victory just recently.  Sometimes you need to transform your surroundings a little and imagine yourself in a different reality, this in most cases requires a lot of imagination, but it is made considerably easier when nature does some of the transforming for you.  This past week while working up North of Vermilion there were a few days of dense fog and hoar frost.  One field I worked in provided many picturesque scenes which provided me the illusion that I was exploring.  This experience of faux-exploration has helped to ebb the tide of negative thoughts that can sometimes frequent my mind during the remaining days of work before travel.  

 You could say that old decrepit buildings are the trademark of the prairies...

You could say that old decrepit buildings are the trademark of the prairies...

 Would believe me if I told you that forest doesn't continue up a mountain side?

Would believe me if I told you that forest doesn't continue up a mountain side?

 What's out there?

What's out there?

So, ever so slowly I work my way towards achieving a dream.  Somehow, in the coming years I will somehow move into a house on wheels and explore North America while taking pictures and riding my bike.