BY: NADIA ZAIDI
There is nothing like the wind caressing your face as you hit the road for travels unknown. Truly. People who live like nomads are happier, don’t experience the stressors associated with home living and are more audacious.
I’ve read tons of articles, and seen dozens of interviews by people who say that minimalistic living makes them happier. At first, it makes you wonder. How can someone really be happy with so little? 400-square feet of space or less would drive me up the wall. But I was looking at it through very narrow-minded lenses. It’s not about the accumulation of things, or stripping oneself of their favourite treasures.
People who live on wheels have this unparalleled amount of freedom to swim in boundless lakes, hike any mountain they trespass and quite literally sleep under the stars. Not to mention, it also saves you mortgage, rent and maintenance fees.
Now living like this isn’t always practical. Some of us need stability and income to make it through the day. But all of us should take a trip on wheels and experience its invigoration at least once in our lifetimes. What I found interesting was learning that living on the go teaches you a great deal about automotive parts. Car parts, mechanics, and motors – all of these become familiar territory when you depend on them daily.
On-the-go living teaches you how to be comfortable with the uncertainty and unpredictability of life. And it teaches you that moments are fleeting: a sunset, a cool wind blowing through your hair, and even the gas in your vehicle. Living in the moment and focusing solely on yourself is the ultimate guide to happiness and forgoes depression, unhealthy rumination and a host of mental illnesses that are associated with conventional living.
Living on the go teaches you to pick up skills that are universal. If you have the chance to live on wheels at least once in your life, try it. Seize the opportunity to experience freedom and tune into the world.