Musings On Impermanence
One of the things I learned very early on in my life was the idea of impermanence. The fact that everything we are and do in life is transient, at least on a larger scale. Some happenings last years, possibly even decades while others are mere moments in time. From the folks we meet, the people we love, the heartbreaks and the exultation, to the activities that we spend our lifetimes doing. They are all but passings in the flow of life. Seen from the earth it’s a lifetime, seen from the point of view of the universe it all happens in the blink of the eye.
When I’m in Cape Blanco at one with nature (as it were), I sense this flow and transience more than almost anywhere else. I think it may be because everything is so raw and exposed out here. The weather hits with nary an obstacle to control it, days flow from brilliantly beautiful to dark and obscure with no sense of rhyme or reason and I can’t help but get caught up in the flow and move with it. It’s almost like I sense life from within, if that makes sense.
Why in the world am I writing about all this?
Well, for one thing I did warn you this would happen. This place brings out the philosophical and floppy side in me which inevitably leads to these kinds of deeper ramblings. On the other hand I also like to bring these musings back to our life and into some kind of context with our RVing adventures. You see I feel the idea of impermanence has a very real connection with what we’re doing now, and (perhaps) also why I value it so much.
When we decided to leave our fast-track careers and live on the road 5 years ago, many folks thought we were mad. I got the full gamut of reactions from those who thought we were throwing our lives away (some were even very adamant about trying to stop us), to those who dismissed it as a passing phase to those who were insanely jealous and wished they could do it themselves. I found it interesting how most people either abhored or idolized the idea with very, very few seeing it as just another way to live.
Fulltime RVing, like any other form of lifestyle is not all roses and unicorns. You still need money, you still need to wash laundry, your poop still stinks (and as I like to say, as a bonus you get to carry it with you) and you still endure personal day-to-day issues which never come at the right time. But fulltime RVing also has incredible benefits for those who adapt to the flow of the lifestyle.
For me this passage of 5 years has produced more memorable experiences and given me more enriching encounters than almost anything I’ve ever done. Perhaps it’s the transient in me, the part of my soul that connects so strongly to the road, but I loved RVing from the very first moment I moved into the rig and that feeling hasn’t left me since. This is not just a vacation, or a phase…it’s a lifestyle and the more I go with the flow, the more I enjoy it.
That said, I know this is just another passage in time. Don’t worry folks we have no plans to stop what we’re currently doing, but I also have no illusions this will go on forever. Time will pass, things will change and this will become another one of those memories that drifts away with the wind. This is the impermanence of life and it is inevitable. In the meantime I can only be deeply thankful for the choices we’ve made and the experience this passage of living has given me thus far. I’ve never felt more connected to the flow of life than I do right now, and in some very strange way it’s a comforting thing (who knew RVing could be so philosophical?).
This may be a passing moment, but what a fine moment it is….
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