airstreamin'

My 5 year goal about 4 years ago was to purchase an airstream and travel across the country. Not necessarily just for the views and blissfullly quiet times driving down the highway, but for what it represents. Detachment, freedom, and the ability to move around. I never did want a home nor to fill the home with things that will eventually accumulate and not serve a purpose in my life, rather just serve as garbage to eventually throw out. No, I resisted it relentlessly. These pursuits seemed more of a product of generational desires which I found myself on the side of not needing such things. 

Although my stances on such things havent changed, my circumstances have. I dont believe that material things will make you happy. But as physical things fall apart constantly in life, I ever more appreciate the craftsmanship in things. Having 4 iPhones in the last 4 years due to malfunctions doesnt represent this idea. Planned obsolescence is what that is referred to. But there is another issue here as well, and that is a certain planned desire obsolescence that comes with it. I may have had a few iPhones that have broken through the years, but I also have devices that have functioned perfectly well that were replaced by those phones because you wanted something "newer". A combination of these two, planned obsolescence and planned desire obsolescence is down right a money maker for any business.

 

 

What I love about the idea of a simple airstream goes beyond just aesthetics. Its something doesnt really have many moving parts that need to be fixed. The wheels, the windows, the latch. But when you keep it simple without adding a sink, tv, fridge, wiring, fancy lighting, heaters, showers, plumbing, etc...you can keep it manageable.

And thats precisely what modern life is about. When you extend the grips of what you can manage, or go beyond your ability to comprehend it, it becomes unmanageable. 

When you stick your roots too firmly in one thing and do nothing but accumulate, you've essentially stripped away your freedom in a box.