We’re lounging around a crackling fire surrounded by an assortment of friends we’ve met on the road brought together by our love for climbing, furry friends, and living out of our vehicles. Suddenly Disney music starts crescendoing from the background, one of our friends jumps up for a Hercules solo and is quickly joined in some sort of bromance singalong dance that has the rest of us clutching our stomachs with laughter. It’s these moments that I swear time stops and I wonder, how on earth are we so lucky?
How did Alex and I become so lucky to have figured out what we love to do and then simply be able to do it? We are blessed with healthy bodies, minimal student loan debt, half a brain between each of us to figure out the logistics and just be so darn lucky?
We spend our days doing what we love.
We have a roof over our head, wheels underneath, and an ever changing front yard.
We meet incredible people that turn from near stranger to close friends within the hour.
We have each other, hand in hand in love, with an adorable pup to cuddle at night.
Granted, we didn’t get to where we are today without hurdles and obstacles. This life we lead certainly isn’t easy but it does come natural. Our lifestyle isn’t normal but that means we can invent ourselves into whatever we want to be at any given time.
There once was a time where I forced myself into the corporate world because that’s what I thought I was supposed to do. I forced myself through school because I didn’t see a “successful” life any other way. I forced myself to put on a smile but I wasn’t anywhere close to the happiness I feel now.
Here on the road, everything comes naturally. This is a life I know how to live but no one had to teach me how to lead it.
The hidden key to all this talk about paradise and bliss is simple, do what comes naturally. We’re all walking different paths in life and that means we don’t have to blindly walk the path in front of us. When you find your passion, find a way to make that a reality.
Life is too dang short for us to go to bed unsatisfied, unfulfilled, or unhappy.
Doing what comes naturally for Alex and me means to climb mountains, scale vertical walls of every type of rock, meander through alpine meadows and be happy. It may seem like all we do is frolic around and play in the flower beds, but we work hard for what we love. Our work stints see us busting our butts putting in as many hours as possible in a 4 month time frame in order for us to see the world for the remaining 8 months of the year. We sacrifice in different ways that others do, no way is right or wrong, it just is.
Doing what comes naturally is different for all of us. I am so thankful for the amazing doctors, intelligent professors, stupendous artists, thankless activists, engineers, chemists, hard-working construction laborers, and so many more. We all have a calling, we each answer to whatever that may be, and it’s our choice as to whether or not to act on what pricks our heart.
Choose your path but don’t be afraid to hop on a different path if the life you’re living isn’t making you feel alive. Do what you love, love what you do.
If we’re not really living, are we dying?