Life in a House on Wheels
The joy I feel when my account gets credited each month with salary is only fleeting because I know that a considerable chunk of it will go by in paying house rent and other bills. The electricity bills are downright outrageous, Uber is now a necessity and the miscellaneous expenses just keep piling up. I wonder how much I would be saving if the house component could be skipped, but this is not really possible. Or is it?
The other day, I stumbled upon this YouTube channel by Dylan Magaster where he curates the very offbeat ‘life in motion’ experiences of some extraordinary individuals. These are the people who have made their homes in vans and buses and RVs because they decided that they would rather live a life on the road going about places than pay rent for their boxy apartments. Imagine seeing a different scenery every day you look out of the window. Isn’t that something?
These people gave away any possession they could do without and fit their entire lives into a vehicle smaller than a bedroom. It takes a lot of courage no doubt since we tend to measure our lives in the possessions we collect along the way. But is it always have to be like that? I once attended an intimate concert by Lucy Rose and she said,’ You don’t need the things you think you need to make you happy.’ and this line has stuck with me since then.
The people being covered by Dylan Magaster, live by this quote I guess. This channel features some insane mobile homes where you really see some of the amazing modifications they have done with the vehicle. Wine crates become the bookshelf, a pillow over a tire becomes a futon, solar panel hung behind the vehicle, a tiny propane stove. There is just so much!
They only carry the things that hold meaning to them. A surfer’s RV is full of surfing gear, a biker’s bus has a bike latched on the top of the bus, and a trekker’s van is loaded up with trekking essentials. I watched a clip in which this woman only carried things that she collected on her world tours. The sweater she wore was bought from Alaska, the necklace around her neck was from Peru, the duvet was from a thrift shop in Paris, among other things.
Dylan himself is living a life of a nomad and captures the lives of people like him. If you are working in the confines of a cubicle, clocking into your 9–5, I suggest you check out this channel. I can’t say if it will make you move your life in a minivan but it will definitely encourage you to head to the wilderness for a weekend.