A few minutes ago a burning smell invaded our cabin. We looked out the windows and saw a plume of white smoke emanating from our left rear wheel well. As soon as we could we pulled over, which brought us to the United Methodist Church parking lot outside of Vancouver, WA.
After breakfast we’d noticed that one of the air canisters holding back our spring-loaded emergency brake was leaking pressure. Now it seems it’s given out and we ended up driving a few miles with our emergency brake engaged. A mechanic’s on the way, seems to be a simple enough fix. Proud of us for being able to pinpoint the problem so quickly.
We’re out on the open road again, heading up to Seattle and feeling invigorated and with renewed direction after a few weeks in Portland. Yesterday we had a great team meeting and looked at the big picture of what it is we’re hoping to accomplish with this journey.
It all comes back to each of us evolving ourselves in the direction we truly want through experience, fun, understanding and acquiring skills. To do that more effectively, we’ve each begun writing down what it is we’d truly like to achieve both in our near future and in our lifetimes.
I want to coherently communicate my perspective on consciousness, life, evolution, awareness and reality. I also want to get into great shape, to play keyboard and guitar, to be fluent in a third language, to let go of fear, to master my focus. I want to love life and everyone in it in every moment.
It’s interesting- I wrote a little while back about how obstacles/accidents can lead to positive adaptation. This more organized direction has been spurred by a bit of confusion and inactivity on our team’s part. We had such a broad goal of ‘evolving culture’ that we were finding ourselves at a loss of what to do. Once we realized that the culture we want to create is really about each of us being able to evolve ourselves, it became much more clear. All we really need to do is pursue our dreams.
And we can use our stories to evolve culture. The quest to be oneself and fit into culture is universal, as people’s understanding constantly reminds us. If we do that fully and openly, people can relate and hopefully see ways they can add to their own lives as well. Furthermore, as we meet people through our pursuit, we can easily tell them that if they want to be part of our movement they should simply do whatever it is they’ve always wanted to try.
Mechanic’s here- time to go get the bus up and running again. Nothing keeps things moving forward like action.