When is the last time you took a yoga class? Went out with your friends? Or took pictures by yourself outside? We are taught to feel guilty about spending time on ourselves. So many family obligations. So many errands to run. And life gets away from you.
But what if you treated yourself to a moment. A commitment of 20 minutes. A time when you don't have to worry about a thing. Wouldn't it be great to take a stroll with a friend, not run to your car because you're late? Wouldn't it be awesome to ditch a commitment so that you can make time to revisit that hobby you love? Call me crazy, but what if you walked away from everything negative in your life and pursued that crazy dream?
I've been very very lucky. I've had a surplus of time for a while now. My photography business and self-sufficient home have gifted me with that. And driving over 50,000 miles in 18 months has given me lots of time to reflect. But right now I am going through some challenges. I chose to end a 15 year relationship. I am no longer a part of a business that I helped grow. I'm without a portfolio. I don't have a single booking on the calendar. And I'm starting to reach my burnout point with moving around so much on the road.
That said, hitting the reset button on my life was the best decision I've ever made. My life has never been more open-ended.
Tonight I'm packing my bags and leaving the Casita in Vegas. Tomorrow morning I'm not driving, but flying, to my family in Chicago. I plan to spend so much time with my family that I get sick of them and also unicycle every square inch of the city. From there, I'm flying to Florida, going to my first music festival since I was a kid and partying naked with friends. Then it's off to sunny San Diego and lots more unicycling. And after that I plan to come back to Vegas and rechristen my camper before spending the summer exploring out west. By the way, I'm going to do this all on a shoestring budget while building up the most kickass photography brand known to man. Thank you so much for following my adventures. They are definitely not over yet. -Josh