Mike and I have left Austin, visited Dallas, and are now camped on a beautiful cattle ranch in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the blog doesn’t reflect all of our recent travel adventures. Random Bits is behind and lacking the creative push needed to document memories. The inspiration will hit, but it’s definitely not there today.
When we first began our travel plans, there was a YouTube channel titled “Happily Houseless.” He was an inspiration on our journey to full-time travel. His mantra was to live life on his own terms NOW–not waiting to live his dreams ‘someday.’ He was in the process of selling his house, belongings, choosing his travel mode, and was ready to wander. He met another YouTuber and fell in love, and they were about to begin their wayfaring together when he was diagnosed with an extensive brain tumor. He documented the process of getting ready for his brain surgery, even shaving his full beard and head of hair on a touching video with his girlfriend by his side. He began filming again a couple months after his recovery. He was busy relearning daily life functions as a result of his tumor, and he was excited to begin his RV adventure. Then, there was a final video. In that segment, he stated he was done documenting his journey and spending the time editing video for public consumption. He and his girlfriend were going to start their adventures privately. His new advice was to experience everything to the fullest–living life and not wasting time documenting it.
His story has haunted me, and quite often I wonder how he is and where the road has taken them. Did his tumor reappear? Does he have regrets? How far is he on his bucket list? Most importantly, does he know how many people he inspired?
There are too many excuses to delay or avoid time with family, friends, or working in adventures. The home doesn’t always have to be neat and tidy, the grocery store can wait just a few more hours, that workout can be done later today or tomorrow, the laundry pile never disappears, driving time/traffic can be valuable alone time, and/or determining the difference between not having the funds versus not wanting to spend them. Time with family, children, siblings, friends, and new adventures are moments that can never be replaced–time passed cannot be recovered. That’s not to say it’s okay to shirk responsibilities–it’s just important to shift priorities. What if life gets snuffed out in the next hour? Are there regrets?
Thank you, Happily Houseless. I hope he’s out there somewhere living life on his terms–happy and healthy. I’m learning to do the same.
I hope you are, too.