After spending some 18 months in an apartment in San Diego, the time seems right for a new direction in our lives.
Since the day Sash and I became a couple, we have never seemed able to stay in one place for very long. In fact, these 18 months were the longest we’ve ever remained with the same postal address.
The truth is that we’ve wanted to get back on the road again, but after taking custody of a 14 year old female beagle with ailing hips and frequent coughing attacks, motorcycle travel seems out of the question. The other thing about beagles is that they’re known to live as long as 18 years, and we don’t seem the type of doggie parents willing to cut short the life of such a sweet ol’ gal.
We carefully considered all options on the table, everything from finding a new home for our dog, taking her on a road trip with us, moving into another permanent residence, and even just waiting a few more years until she passes on.
And we came up with a decision (see the bottom of this article for details).
Danny Kaye, the famed actor and comedian once said…
“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”
…and that seems to define the relationship that Sash and I have developed. It’s been a revelation of what we’re made of, and dictated the direction of our lives together. That is, it’s no coincidence that we keep traveling as motorcycle vagabonds and that we keep returning to San Diego for extended periods of time. The fact that we never seem to stay put for very long suggests that we’re just not the type to put down roots.
Why that is, is perhaps the most perplexing question. It’s not that I want to see the world, but that I just want to keep moving. Being attached and anchored feels like imprisonment. I guess for many others, it’s offers security. For me, however, security is remaining free from the clutches of external things.
It’s interesting also, that the deeper we dive into this kind of spiritual journey, the more we take notice of others doing the same thing. That is, back when I owned a home and worked a “real job”, I surrounded myself with friends who were the same way. We all prided ourselves on our home improvement projects and the number of toys we owned. Now, it seems most of our friends are those who have downsized, eliminated unnecessary possessions, and take pride in how simple their lives are.
Sash and I now watch shows about tiny houses, living off the grid, and full time vagabonding. It’s like being nomads, but instead of following the herd, we’re following our intuition.
As for the decision we’ve made?
We’ll announce that decision on March 12, 2017 on our Facebook Page. Be sure to follow us there.