[quote:9835afb12a]Now - Its the people that inspire me to hitchhike. It seems to be a way of skimming the very best of humanity out from the rest.[/quote:9835afb12a]
Absolutely... I have met the most diverse swath of Americana while hitchhiking, as well as some mighty fine Mehikanos while hitchin' down in Mehiko, and they have ALL had big hearts, infinite stories to tell, and often, went out of their way to offer not only rides, but showers, food, smoke, places to sleep - all for some wayward, traveling strangers.
Wow! It still boggles my mind, the ability to meet those who are not ruled by fear, prejudice, or simple excuses, and every ride that I have gotten has taught me something about life, as well as myself.
In addition to the wonderful people I have met, this lifestyle allows me to realize how strong I can be, how brave, resourceful, and even (occasionally) wary and trusting my gut instincts, I have the ability to be. Out on the Road, I can be anything I want to be (although, indeed, it does come back to the fact that I'm just another 'wandering vagabond'); but mostly, the overwhelmingly sensation of my identity when traveling is an overwhelming sense of Openness, to whatever opportunities shall arise, whatever adventures shall be directed my way, and whatever strange and unexpected 'dancing lessons from God' are manifested from the ether of existence. Attempting to live within society is near-about impossible for me now, for a variety of reasons, and I spend the entirety of days agonizing about my inability to find work, inability to pay for a place to stay for myself, just getting mired into a general malaise of depression, due to constantly comparing myself with those whom I cannot be. Perhaps I am inspired to travel because it IS an act of 'running away' from the failures of my life, but it is also embracing everything that CAN be, of choosing my own happiness, learning a variety of lessons and skills, and things of that general nature.
Christopher McCandless... I love that movie, and I hate that movie... It inspired me in a way nothing else has, but also caused me to (subconsciously or not) annihilate any and all hopes that I can live a 'normal' life, ever again.. But yes, beautiful, beautiful movie, beautiful, beautiful message...
Namaste, Blessed Be,