So there are various reasons why I feel compelled to live the way that I live. One of the biggest is that I truely feel like we have too much. Too much stuff, too much opportunity, too much waste ultimately. Thats not to say that I hate rich people or loathe the American Dream, because in fact I feel like I am living the dream right now. What it does say is that I think that a lot of people these days have gotten to the point where possession and commodities, things and expendable stuffs, has worked its way in to becoming part of their identity. I dont think you can be defined by much.
When its all gone, when the glucose stores in your body have been burned up and the water in your sinew is dry, when you have been stripped of your clothes, your home, your empire, your life. When there is nothing left but this tiny thing amidst a seething little heap of nothing.... well then there you are. Thats you. I think its a very good thing to try and at least JUST ONCE in your life get closer to that. Im finding that for me, though I still have so much, my relationships and experiences are about the only things I keep as part of myself. God, its great to be alive!
Anyways, here is a small list of those worldly needs that you may not want to shed if your doing what Im doing, staying a part of polite society while at the same time separating yourself from it. Carry these things with you EVERYWHERE:
I have these things on my back AT ALL TIMES.
-Wet wipes (very handy on the go)
-Hydrogen Peroxide (this stuff is a miracle. Kills every germ every. Use it as mouth wash once a day and you'll never get sick! At least I havent)
-Toothpaste and Toothbrush
-Cologne (this is not a necessity however it does help if youre still trying to interact closely with people after long bike rides)
-Q-Tips ( I love scrubbing out my ears. This one is just for pleasure really)
-Contacts and Contact Solution
-Towel/Blanket (I use a picnic cloth that I shower with, lay out with, and use as a blanket. Very versatile)
- WATER! ALWAYS HAVE WATER! ALWAYS!
If you have any suggestion of basics that I need that Im missing, let me know! I could use the help!