Allow me to introduce Pat, the Digital Vagabond. At 21, Pat picked up a copy of Ed Buyrn’s book Vagabonding in the USA: A Guide Book about Energy and his life proceeded to take on a whole new direction — one that had no physical direction at all. Pat lives a nomadic lifestyle; he works from the road, plugging in wherever he is to work.
It’s a lifestyle to envy. Tonight he might set down roots at the Grand Canyon. Tomorrow night he might be somewhere in Utah, followed by stops in the middle of Nebraska, on the outskirts of Chicago, somewhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Imagine having a different backyard every morning.
That said, I have a house and I have pets, and I especially can’t imagine living my life without my pets. But the freedom to move beyond the confines of a full-time job are especially appealing to me. About a month ago, Pat’s Roads Scholar program fell into my lap twice in two days — a sign of serendipity — and I applied for the scholarship. I have since been chosen as an honorarium Roads Scholars recipient, and I will be taking road trips, traveling here, there and wherever for parts of my summer. With a little bit of effort, I hope to take my full-time job on the road with me. Stay tuned for movement on that end.
But in the meantime, I’d like to introduce the other Roads Scholars. Kyle will be leading our pack, Stacy will provide public relations and promotional support, and the rest of us will go where we can, when we can. We will all meet at the end of the summer for the ultimate road trip event — Burning Man. I encourage you to follow our travels. You can find my posts in this blog.
Pat the Digital Vagabond walked into my life with his scholarship just over a month ago, and even though I have yet to hit the road, he’s opened my eyes to a whole new way of living. I recently read something by an author who said it’s never too early to start living our dreams because we only live once. What are you waiting for? If you know where you want to go, there’s no time like the present to get up and go.
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