life 3.0

stages

My life can be divided into three phases:

  1. unenlightened – young, fiery, self-destructive
  2. enlightened – middling age.  Working on my issues.  I start dreaming, planning, and realizing a boondocking life in an off-grid campervan. Went fulltime in the van in 2018.
  3. retired and snowbirding as of Jan 1, 2020.

why boondocking?

Boondocking is central to my early retirement because it costs very little;  you can live/exist/be for free on public lands or by stealth camping in cities.

It’s hard to overstate how radical this is.  What would your life be like if you didn’t have to cover rent, mortgage, property tax, etc?  It is such a paradigm destroyer that sometimes people can’t wrap their head around it even if it would bring them immediate relief.  Sometimes people are even hostile to the idea.

Boondocking also implies self-sufficiency and solitude.  It’s not always that way, but that’s the way I like it.

overlapping interests

  • a love for small, organized spaces like solo sailboats
  • a love for the outdoors
  • a preference for “flow” activities without interuptions
  • frugality
  • personal secession
  • MGTOW (or rather “FGHOW” – Frater going his own way)
  • an intense desire for solitude
  • a fascination with repurposed spaces for living
  • tiny homes
  • self-sufficiency/preparedness
  • solar geekery
  • often heard saying “I could live in that
  • built a large kindle ebook collection

It’s all come together, and each day has been productive and satisfying in a way I hadn’t imagined.  Edited to add this from an observation on Reddit:

I found that as I made plans and mindfully moved toward them opportunities revealed themselves. I don’t think it was woo-woo “the universe is talking to me”, but rather that when one is ready the opportunities are visible and actionable. Or maybe those are the same concepts in different outfits.