The New Hippies
Today’s Brew: Vanilla Caramel Creme. It’s just a good way to start the day.
Two of my friends are embarking on a great adventure. They sold their house in the city, fixed up an old school bus, and are going to drive it to Albuquerque were they plan to stay, living on the bus.
You might ask yourself, WTF? But they are prepared to defend their decision. They know it’s going to be hard. They are preparing for extreme heat and cold, and life without a refrigerator. They don’t want to be tied to a mortgage anymore. They’re sick of working for other people and never getting ahead. They want to simplify.
Who are these people? One of them was a state worker, and the other is probably the most interesting person I’ve ever met. She’s held a variety of odd jobs, including welder and escort. My only hope is someday she writes her autobiography.
This desire to go off the grid has been echoed by many of my other friends in a variety of ways, none of course as radical as living on a school bus. Is this our generation’s response to the over involvement of government and corporations in our lives? Our every move can be tracked by the cell phones we can’t live without. Our food isn’t food anymore. Drug companies control our health like puppeteers. And what is with this crazy weather?
Melanie, my main character in my new manuscript, realized at an early age that the corporate machine can take over your life. She lost all sense of herself, chasing the corporate dream. Only when that dream makes her hit rock bottom and she has to go off the grid to survive does she feel like herself again. Free and happy.
As someone who is totally self employed, I can wholeheartedly understand this sentiment. I hope to never work for someone else again. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done, but I love every second of it. I am accountable to myself, I have no one to answer to but myself, and if something isn’t working, I try something else.
Short of living on a school bus in New Mexico, what can you do to support this movement? It’s simple. Support your local businesses. These are people making a go of it for themselves. They’re also your friends and neighbors. They are passionate and knowledgeable about their wares, unlike the dead behind the eyes minimum wage drone you’ll find at a big corporate store. When local businesses succeed, we all succeed.
Follow your dreams. They make the world a more interesting place to be.