I should state up front that I am not a quad fanatic, dirtbiker, or Dacar Rally participant(although that last one may have to be added to the bucket list because it is VERY cool). I am however a big fan of the “road less traveled” lifestyle. The kind of life lived wherein friends and family simultaneously find themselves both shuddering in horror and desiring to try on some of your choices.
To date I have lived in 24 homes, 2 countries, and 7 states. My choices are not for the faint of heart – in fact some days I am not even sure if they are for me – but life is short and the world is big. To many friends and family we are the wild things. The take chances and hopefully land on our feet people. To others we are just plain crazy (not entirely sure they are wrong in that assessment). To myself I think, “Wow – only 2 countries? When did I get so boring?”
But what about those who have forsaken the path altogether? They are not on the well-worn nor the less travelled. Instead they are bushwhacking their way into adventures that even those of us who walk on the wild side are shy to go.
There is a whole other subculture that I envy and whom I want to emulate when I one day pluck some vestige of courage out of the mountain air. It’s a lifestyle that requires throwing off every expectation of what is “normal” and forging ahead with a boldness that is often mistaken for irresponsibility (okay, that can really be a fine line to walk).
These are the off-road, beating new paths, wild folk who can live in real freedom and toss what the world thinks out the window as they head into the next adventure. Ahhh..sweet freedom. Which path do you follow? Are you a straight and narrow kind of traveler or, to quote some beloved pop culture sci-fi AKA Star Trek, do you yearn “to explore strange new worlds; To seek out new life and new civilizations; To boldly go where no man has gone before” ?
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to
decide.” ~Napoeon Bonaparte
Where will your next adventure take you?