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I SOLD THE CAMPER. #12, 2014 Trip

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Essentially, I own nothing.


The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can't breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.

~ Margaret Atwood ~
(morning in the burned house)

I sold Kurma Avatara (Turtle Goddess) yesterday, completing the final step in being able to book my flight for Ecuador in latter September. It was a stressful and bittersweet experience. Thankfully, it seems that the buyers have a true appreciation for the uniqueness of this little camper and will hopefully enjoy many adventures in her, just as I have.

I began shopping for tickets today.

Looking toward the driver's cab, the couch on the left makes out into a twin bed. Two swivel chairs on the right are between the table. Traveling alone, I used the top bunk for storage.

Looking toward the rear window, the refrigerator is on the left and the stove and sink are at the back. The door to the bathrom is on the right opposite the door to enter the camper. I will miss my little home on wheels (like the turtle, who carries her home on her back)!

Interesting about me and possessions. I love Margaret Atwood's poem, because it is essentially about stewardship, and as an expression of my philosophy of stewardship, I have always shared the material possessions entrusted to me.

I continue to revel in the joy of deep friendship and my California family's generosity in supporting me through this part of the journey. I will next post photos of some of the latest of these lovely and love-filled encounters.

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    Your courageous journey in life is an inspiration. Kudos my dear Maha and joy on your next adventure. emoticon
    1359 days ago
    "Travel light in life. Take only what you need: a loving family, good friends, simple pleasures, someone to love, and someone to love you; something to eat, enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink for thirst is a dangerous thing." —Unknown

    "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." Helen Keller

    You have everything you need within you. May you find much peace and happiness with your "family" in Ecuador! I look forward to reading about it.

    Thank you for all the beautiful photos, music, videos, wisdom and especially the wonderful poems that you have shared on sparkpeople over the last years.
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    1360 days ago
    The ground is not in our possessions, is it?

    1361 days ago
    i love you, i love margaret atwood, i love that turtle and wish it as much fun on its adventures as you always have on yours :D i hope the next leg of your journey is rewarding my friend! as always you inspire & excite me!
    1361 days ago
    A new leg of the journey begins. Congrats

    1361 days ago
    Wonderful poem!
    1361 days ago
    Oh so envious of such a simple, free-ing approach to life...!

    You rock the Spark in such wondrous ways! :-)

    1361 days ago
    How wonderful - leaving a treasure in appreciative hands.
    Such memories...
    1361 days ago
    You own nothing - not quite so sure, my friend. You have it is YOURS. The day, the night and the in between, the earth, the sky and all the heavens are your playground.
    "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.

    Dr. Seuss

    May your journey be bright and wonderful. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1362 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/28/2014 10:02:21 AM
    Enjoyed the poem tremendously, girlfriend! You have had many adventures and now you are starting another. "They" will find you in the presence of wherever you are. I love the Tolkien quote - "Not all those who wander are lost." It is an adjustment that is well worth the move to be less-encumbered.
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    1362 days ago
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    Aww, little Kurma Avatara will help others have new adventures now!

    Ecuador, how exciting! You are a true traveler of life, Maha.
    1362 days ago
    Amazes me but from what I read here and on your last journey, it doesn't surprise me. Here I am nervous to even let that thought of FT with hubby linger. I want a small house 600 sq ft is fine, but I want roots. Then I will travel. And yet here you go with minimal and are going to have the adventure of your life. ENJOY!!!!

    1362 days ago
    I remember you in your little home on wheels in the Berkshires. Happy Trails to you.

    1362 days ago
    So lovely to hear from you Maha. Thanks for sharing
    the photos of your campervan and I can understand
    how you must feel after selling it. It looks so cosy.
    Love the poem too. That pretty much describes you...
    Hope you find a reasonably priced ticket and wishing
    you safe travels to Equador. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1362 days ago
    Maha, thank you for sharing your travels, stories and pictures !! emoticon emoticon
    1362 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/28/2014 12:10:07 AM
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