I got a couchsurfing request from Annie last week and,while I don't usually host folks on the boat, I made an exception because, 1 when you've been walking around the country for a year, you probably don't mind sleeping on a boat, and 2 I've been hoping for some time to get a travel blog started, and I think I know what it will be about. It's a travel blog, about travel blogs. And Annie's is going to be the first one I do a writeup of. So Annie stopped by, and was an amazing guest, and a small group of friends stayed kind of late and talked with her and got her to play some guitar. When I got back to the boat she was packing up to go. She's off to New Orleans and beyond. Annie wants to start a "Walking School" I forget the details, but I like the concept. It's something I'd like to cover in my new blog. Here is hers http://anniesoutpost.blogspot.com
Also stories like this, the Russian artist who makes his living trading portraits for things, and now he's traveling while doing it. http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/russian-artist-sergey-balovin-and-the-in-kind-exchange-project--how-he-lives-without-money-202940946.html
So there are all these ways of living, and moving about the world. And I like to do the same, but more importantly, I'd like to emphasize just how do-able it is, and to serve as a sort of waypoint where these folks can pop in to compare notes, or in most cases to take the notes myself and to compare notes for them. Because each person, despite their drastically different approaches, can learn something from watching others do it.
Sometimes, it's just enough to know that you could just walk. Right now, if you wanted to, and keep walking, and not just survive, but thrive. And that can alone can take the pressure off of everyone's everyday life.