The Million Dollar Question
How are you going to do that?
That's a question we get a lot, and more so the closer our adventure gets, and frankly we don't know. Truly, we're not sure how any of this trip is going to roll out. Has Ben meticulously planned the logistics as much as he can? Yes. Do we have an Excel spreadsheet going with line items such as "Trial Car Pack #1 & #2?" Yes. But, as cliché as it is, it's not the destination it's the journey. I think, ultimately, we are looking to discover something on this journey that you can't find when you stay put. Something that you can't find in the comfort of a 9:00 to 5:00 job, a bi-weekly paycheck, or even a warm shower. Our goal, or maybe I should say one of my goals, is to find happiness in being present, existing, and living in the moment.
What we will do after we leave Minnesota? To me that's the beginning of "the edge". That's the last spot for a while where I can use a full kitchen, shop at a Trader Joe's and shave my legs in comfort. I know after that point things can get uncomfortable. The journey west of Minneapolis requires bear spray and while that's scary, it's also invigorating.
This trip fulfills a life-long goal of mine. In a society of instant gratification where two day shipping is two days too long, there is something incredibly powerful about saving for a trip and achieving a goal. Maybe your goal isn't to live out of a Subaru Forester and wash your clothes in a bucket - I get it, I do. But whatever you aspire to do outside of work, I hope everyone gets to live the life that they have longed for.
What will things look like once the road trip is over, when the bank account hits our stop loss, when the boxes on our list are checked and the hiking medallions have been collected? Will we be able to find comfort in being traditionally comfortable again? There are a lot of questions to be answered still, but I feel certain that we will find what we are looking for, and more.