After months of searching, we finally found it! We found the bus that would start our dream. Specifically the dream that would render us free from the monotone life of repetitive routines and schedules. After graduating college, getting a good job, and working for over a year, I realized that I am miserable. As a 23 year old, I should be in the prime of my life with endless opportunities in front of me. However, I trade these opportunities for a life behind a desk. 40 hours a week of the same work leads me to nothing but a paycheck that allows me to cover my bills and enjoy a night on the town. I realize that all of my hard work and hard earned money is spent on one or two days of freedom per week. However, these weekends are not long enough to spend away from home. The fear of missing work that starts back on Monday, forces you to spend your hard earned money within a few miles form home. This ultimately creates a prison for you, and is no different than having an ankle bracelet with a slightly larger radius than your home.
I have asked myself, how do you escape this monotone life? How do we leave the place that we are so familiar with behind? Unfortunately, many do not. Most blame it on money, some on family and friends. The reality of the matter is that we do not leave because we have built a comfort zone. This “zone” is everything that we know, and understand. How could you walk away from everything that you know and understand? The truth is most people do not. If we are lucky, we have on average 80 years on this earth. Yet our final resting place usually ends within a few miles of that comfort zone. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over, and expect a different result. Well my friends, I believe we should all be diagnosed insane for keeping our lives on this endless cycle of repeat.
I plan to change this for myself. Although I find it increasingly difficult to walk away from my comfort zone as well and I have found a way to make it easier for my self. Simply, design myself a mobile life style. By taking my “comfort zone” and narrowing it down to a mobile platform, such as an RV, I will not be required to give up everything that I know and understand. Because I will bring it with me in the form of a tiny home. This is where the Bus idea was born. After searching for months, we purchased an old 1990 GMC school bus. I fell in love with the retro style. Now it was official. I have my outlet. I only have one more step, and that is to convert it into the tiny home that I have always imagined.
It has taken about six months and six thousand dollars and I feel like I am still at ground zero. Although this is frustrating, I feel closer than ever to my dream of traveling the world. Every day I continue to work my 9-5 job for that pay check. However, instead of spending it on the up coming weekend, I put my money into my dream. Just like going to the gym, it’s a slow process, but eventually you will see the difference and when you do, you wont ever look back. All I know is that I am certain of one thing in my life… That is simply, if I give up on my bus, or alter my direction in life at this point, I will never find true happiness and I will always be daydreaming of better moments. I must stay firm with my decision of buying this bus. I must stay firm with changing my life for the better. If not, then I will end my days as that 80-year-old man, with only a few miles from my comfort zone, and no tales to share of a happy life.
This is why I devote my self to my bus, and why I have chosen this as the outlet to a brighter future. I wish all who read this, to find their inspiration, and alter their life to fit their goals and dreams.