Getting started? Start being a hippie? When does that start? I think….birth, but because we live in a world that to me is confining. We fall into a routine that is not nurturing to our hippie souls. My employment has never been hippie-like and I fell into the scene of trying to climb the corporate ladder in retail and restaurant management because that is what I thought I should do to “succeed”. Our society has expectations of success and a quiet life is rarely encouraged. After being terminated after 13 years of impeccable service from a retail grocery store chain for giving away their trash (food) to a lady that helped needy families, I can’t seem to get back in the groove of the rat race corporate world. I feel like termination was my “out”. A gift from God…to be released from that serious group who’s RULES don’t have regard for people…..for feelings…for doing what is right for humanity.
So, I’m beginning my hippie life. I didn’t even know I was. It is just evolving. How do I know? I’m listening to my heart and my gut instinct. I’m pursuing freedom and a simpler life. I’m not even sure what that is, I am just figuring out as I go along. What is great about this is that I have an adventure buddy (my husband) that is on board. We have always dreamed of adventure! BUT, we were caught up with our jobs and raising kids and getting them to all of their activities so our dreams were put on hold. We dreamed of living on a houseboat and our boys were excited about it as they love the water but it just never worked out since the marina wasn’t in the right school district and the 30 minute drive to town from the marina wouldn’t have been convenient when you have four sons in sports and you have to get them to practices and such. But, the dream was still there and couldn’t be denied.
Ten years later, we had a little money saved and our boys were all out of the house and in college. We love our kids but we were excited about being empty nesters! We started looking for a houseboat but we wanted to pay cash and houseboats were out of our budget but did we give up? No! We researched ‘campers for sale’ and found a 30 foot Winnebago that was in pretty good shape for it’s age. It was an adventure just getting her home! We stopped at a gas station to get gas and all eyes were on us!! Made some new friends while pumping the gas which was great since she wouldn’t start after that and we needed a jumpstart!!! But we got her home and she is our dream! We named her Winne and I want to just drive her to the woods and move in!! That can’t happen right now but we are so looking forward to summer adventures! I hope if you feel the hippie coming out in you that you will be inspired by following our journey. I don’t know where the journey will take us but it will be an adventure getting there!! Peace and Love, Boho Hippie Chick