When I recommended the book, ‘The Art of Nonconformity” to my dear friend the other day, she shrieked. “No! No! That’s the LAST thing I need.” Our friends, like us, take the Road Less Traveled more often than not. And they have the battle scars to prove it.
She emailed later. She had the book on her Amazon list. But she said given their current difficulties they she should shop for titles, “Live your life in an average and unmentionable way and then die.”
What is it that compels people like them….like me and Jay to do the crazy things we do? More than once I’ve seen the pleading in the eyes of friends and family- “Why don’t you just settle down?” (Especially when they see the pain our unconventional life brings to us at times. Like ANY life is free from pain, eh?)
Why do we do it? I think it’s because there is an unquenchable thirst in us for the Road Less Traveled.
These past five years we have:
Cruised the Cumberland River
Spent a summer in Amish country
Reconnected with my family in Detroit
Met some amazing people and formed life-long friendships
Enjoyed early springs where the air is scented with magnolias
Lived in a neighborhood that Mayberry overlooked
(We lived in an RV for summer once too)
Played in the ocean
Traversed back and forth across this amazing country
Explored the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona
Eaten Dotson’s chocolate Pie
Raised chickens…and a few ducks too
Hosted “God Journey” events
Tapped our toes to bluegrass music and buck dancing
Did I mention the extraordinary people we’ve met?
I’m not sure what the next five years will hold. Probably a house renovation. (Real estate has been good to us in funding our adventures.) Some travels here and there. Jay will become a stellar tax analyst. And I’ll continue develop my message on “Free Range Education.” (Are ya seeing a theme here?) And we’ll finish raising the kids.
No doubt, Jay and I will cling to each other as we watch out kids launch out into the world. I suspect that they too may take the Road Less Traveled. Or so I hope.