After nearly two years of stagnancy I figured this blog could use a bit of upkeep. I also realized that the way I’d left things off didn’t exactly provide much closure for people who might be visiting this blog for the first time. Time flies and carelessness already boarded, so instead of making excuses I humbly offer you this 2016 update: https://existentialpace.wordpress.com/north-america-travels-2013-2014/
This sort of expectation-free and largely unpredictable method of traveling led to a lot of crazy situations, interesting photos, and borderline-unbelievable stories. At the same time, the most compelling thing I took back with me wasn’t tangible or easily described. The further I ventured out, the closer I was drawn inward–the whole “journey-is-the-destination” phenomenon was simply a catalyst to better understand and utilize a higher potential of my own existential framework. In my personal opinion, the “Insights” sections of this blog are the most important things I’ve taken out of the experience, and as the years go by they still hold true!
If you’d like to get an idea of what I’m looking at for my next big trip, check out my page titled “My Upcoming Venture: USA to Mexico (And Beyond).” I’ve also posted my “Mission Statement” page, which can be found in the same section. If I have time I’ll try to include a modified packing list geared toward the climate/geography of this particular region, which I’d like to supplement with some photos of my equipment (and possibly an overall weight calculation if I get around to it) for a more visual representation of the gear itself–and a general breakdown of what I’m dealing with, preparation-wise.
I’ve only tried hitchhiking once before, but that several-week 7,000+ mile journey around my home country whet my appetite for exploring new frontiers in alternative travel. I’d like to revisit hitchhiking for practical reasons (after the costs of important equipment/immunizations, I’m back on a shoestring budget) for the pursuit of experiences leading me deeper into the adventure of the unknown, presumably on a whole new playing field. I don’t count on making it as far as Mexico–or even out of the northeast USA, for that matter–but it is still an absolutely worthwhile prospect for me. As far as I’m concerned, preparation has a vaguely similar quality to expectation–yet it is a more opportunistic approach that openly takes into account the free dynamics of unhindered potential. As the old adage goes: “The journey is the destination.”
This blog is a collection of personal accounts from the past, philosophies conceived in the present and prospective ideas for the future. It is a journey into the nature of reality–the adventure of life examined. There is some truth to the saying “The best things in life are free.” I think the best things in life can be free with a little work…I’m not talking about a 9-5 job at some business, but focused, personal effort–putting yourself out there; having the drive to apply yourself and the endurance to follow through with it. Just put in the time and it just might pay off beyond wealth or professional success. It might get hard at times, but becoming acquainted with that margin of unpredictability and getting more comfortable with the unknown gives more meaning to the challenging undertones of it all. You can get everything that you want from the experience as long as you put forth everything that you are and all that you stand for. I’m eager to keep pushing on through the hardships, looking back to see how far I’ve come along rather than trying to go back to where I once was. This makes the difference between struggling in vain to escape the moment and embracing it for what it is so I can appreciate the opportunity to fully experience it. At the very least, tomorrow is a brand new day–so why not focus on where you are now, in the present? Even at its worst, stepping outside yourself would only deprive you of a valuable life-defining element that is part of your entire being.