Asheville, North Carolina. Chapter 2: Synchronicity

syn·chro·nic·i·ty - noun - The simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

I’ve been encountering this a lot during my travels and it’s making me question my understanding of reality. It’s not until now, i feel i will correctly verbalize it. There’s been a signigicant amount of occurrences where i’ve had a thought or experience then something immediatly occurs related to it. It’s as if my brain/body is picking up on a sense that felt previously dormant. The more it happens, the more i understand how to interpret good omens. Some people will immediatly brush this off as bullshit. Some will tell me which crystals i should wear around my neck to strengthen my vibrations. I like to think i fall somewhere in the middle of those two. The fact i’ve been meditating within a space of “feeling” and NOT thinking every morning has got to be part of it. I let the focus of my attention drift toward sensing, NOT thoughts. If a thought occurs, i just let it pass by like a drifting cloud. So what I’m saying is i’m a wizard now haha. nah. But there is something quite peculiar about my perception of time/events that i’ve been tapping into. As i’ve said before, i’ve been mentally and physically healthier living out of a car than i ever did working some stupid job and being part of the rat race. The amount of freedom i have to pursue my goals and the low-stress lifestyle of it all is something i wish everyone could experience.

*Points at moon with gleaming sword*

Society WAS the cause of SO MUCH of my depression, unhealthy habits and negative lifestyles. AND i’ve finally reached a level of maturity in which i can honestly say it WAS my environment. “There’s no cure for an unhealthy individual if they live in a truly sick society” So leave. Don’t do what you think the world needs. Do what you love, because what the world needs is more people doing what they love. Throw society’s norms out the window, sacrifice that which doesn’t serve you and be a gleaming example of what it means to be human.

Asheville, North Carolina. Chapter 1: Bohemian

There’s something about being surrounded by mountains that feels…safe. As if i’m being cradled by their awe-inspiring size. Everytime i’m in one of the elevated parts of town, i just start to smile.

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I mean, c’mon. Here’s the view from a grocery store parking lot.

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I’ve been utilizing couchsurfing,com again (fantastic website of travelers and hosts) for the first couple days in each town. That way i’m comfortably broken-in before starting the car-life. This time i stayed with my friend John, a great photographer who was actually my first ever couchsurfing host over 3 years ago. John works with local Asheville artists, is the official photographer for the band “The Outlaws” and most recently, The Rolling Stones approached him about using his photos from their 1981 Hampton, Virginia show. Check out John’s work and those Rolling Stones pics by clicking here: https://www.jgphoto.com/

Maybe it’s because i’m accustomed to the car-dwelling lifestyle but Asheville has felt better than any other town. A lot of the crowd here tends toward the bohemian side of things and because of that, my lifestyle fits right in. I only wish i had enough money to eat-out every meal here. Asheville’s local agriculture is top notch and the food quality absolutley reflects that. ¡And the COLORS! ¡Er mer gerd! ¡Thats right, world! ¡You’re allowed to paint your buildings bright beautiful colors!

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I will never understand why the housing regulations in so many urban and sub-urban areas prohibit the use of colors that aren’t grey, brown, white, dark brown, or really dark brown. Whoever decided this should be shot. Ok, maybe i’m being brash but a good talking-to is in order. As with anything in the U.S, it probably happened like this: a certain color hurt someone’s feelings and/or costed a business entity money when some bright soul decided to paint their house. Since that day. Neutral colors only. For some places anyway. These are usually the places fighting a losing battle in the silent war of culture vs. convenience. Here however, the colors are free for everyone. ¡COLORS ALL AROUND! *i have no idea if all of asheville is like this, i just really enjoyed my little color rant. *

¡Blam! have some color.

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Thank you John for the great shot. Check out his photography with the link i mentioned earlier.

The Auspicious Athens, Georgia. Chapter 2: Car-life thus far

I’ve hit the 2 month milestone for this trip *crowd erupts in cheers* And the 3 week kilometer stone for Athens, Georgia! *crowd looks befuzzled*

My time here is wrapping up and Asheville, North Carolina looks closer everyday. In honor of my 2 month anniversary with the road, i’ve made ya’ll a delicious little video that sums up how i’ve been doing this without going bonkers…..it’s actually quite easy…In fact, i’ve gone less bonkers on the road than I ever did paying rent.