Life is always full of surprises and challenges. I’ve managed to circumvent a lot of obstacles in 57 years on this planet only to find myself facing the very real possibility of selling about 97% of my earthly possessions (emptying my storage unit completely as well) and then buy, outfit and move into a van. Yes, you’ve read that right…a van. This is all speculation and thought at this point. There are other options that I am weighing but being a homeless loser in a van is one of them. I’m not in a van yet…YET.
I am at another crossroads in my life. I’ve done just about everything that can be done in a life thus far. I’ve had incredible highs and the lowest of lows, victories and defeats. I’ve lived several lifetimes already and shake my head and laugh at the thought of it all. But before I start to sound like the intro to the old TV program, Wide World of Sports I just wanted to briefly toss out there the reasoning behind my thinking.
Like most of you reading this I’m tired of throwing out thousands of dollars a month in rent on a subpar dwelling. I spend about $25,000 annually on rent alone! I live in a small, one-bedroom apartment that is not centrally located or anything of that nature. I’m also “supposedly” getting quite the deal for the area I'm living in. To me, that's like standing in a huge vat of gasoline up to my chest and someone tells me that I'm lucky because I'm holding more matches than most people. As all of you have undoubtedly noticed things have become way out-of-hand and greed has taken over. The population is growing at an alarming rate (by 2050 there will be in excess of ten billion people on the planet) and unfortunately it’s NEVER going to return to any form of sanity. This may be the new normal. Ugh.
My logic here is this; with no rent to pay (if I bought a van I’d buy it outright so no monthly car payment), no other bills with exception of a phone bill. I’d only have a monthly bill or two in an obviously minimal life. Granted, for a semi homebody like myself living in a van will create more than a few challenges.
This is all just thinking out loud, processing the options. I do find it interesting though that as a man at this point in my life where I should be thinking about retirement, instead I’m thinking of survival with minimum stressors and one of those options happens to be van dwelling. Hm…