That was the title of an email I just received from Aimee – a fellow fan of the site.
Intrigued (of course) I opened it up, and I’m so glad I did:
You HAVE to listen to this guy! My boyfriend and I are taking off in a van in the Fall to explore America for 5 weeks and he came across this photographer who did a project on people living on the road. They’re mostly in vans and RVs, but there’s a couple others too. This guy reminds me of how I rationalize life and money and basically defines wealth for himself.
The other stories are interesting too, but this one grabbed me:
I clicked the link, hit play, and for the next 67 seconds let the soulful words of Mr. Randy Vining (“guy on the road”) fill my ears with wisdom. I HIGHLY encourage you to stop what you’re doing right now and listen to it too. We should wake up to this every morning!
If you don’t have access to speakers or headphones or any other 20th century listening device (who are you??), I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing it below. It doesn’t do Randy’s voice any justice (again, just so passionate and soulful), but fortunately the words speak for themselves:
Wealth Poem, by Randy Vining
is like a leaky bucket beneath a water spout.
The running water is the income, expense, is the leakage out.
And the measure of your wealth is,
How long could you hold out if some sadness fortune turned off the water spout?
Most folks focus on the spigot seeking increase of the flow…
I focus my attention on the leaky stand below.
I have sought to plug my bucket. Reducing my expenses,
holding in my savings like a cowboy mending fences.
With patience I waited for bargains, didn’t count on Lady Luck.
Lived well below my means, getting bang for every buck.
And when the water rising in my bucket reached that calculated mark,
I left behind all drudgery and flew off like a lark…
So I think my wealth is great because my needs are small,
and I won’t have to work again with any luck at all.
can purchase freedom, if you have the guts to buy it.
I know folks with beaucoup bucks too afraid to try it.
But I purchased freedom with the savings in my pail,
and across highway seas of adventure…
in my land yacht, I will sail.
What a perfect way to start Friday – thank you so much, Aimee :) It really is about conscious spending and living, isn’t it? The more you widen that savings gap, the closer you get to freedom.
Here’s more about Randy, the wordsmith, as well as the photographer and spreader of this message, Andrew Waits, below. Check out their websites once you’re done too.
More on Randy (mobilecodgers.blogspot.com)
I won my financial freedom 30 plus years ago by efficient living and house renovation. Now I wander and wonder—read, write, play, dance, sing, engage whoever interests me and regularly report via this blog. I urge my readers to consider a “heroes’ journey” for their life:
- Respond to ones’ fascinations
- Wake up ones’ creativity
- Share your adventure
More on Photographer Andrew Waits (andrewwaits.com)
Andrew Waits is a freelance photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His project, Boondock, is a photographic investigation into a population for whom a vehicle represents not just a mode of transportation, but a means of shelter and sustainability. It seeks to reveal a subculture whose existence isn’t carved into the landscape of America, but a mirage upon it. Surveying both urban and remote locations to provide a unique juxtaposition of vehicle, owner, and environment, it explores ways in which survival dictates a fluidity of location, interconnectivity, and the concept of home.
Pretty cool who the internet brings together, eh?*
*That’s for you, Mich ;)
[Photos by the talented Andrew Waits. Check out the rest of his shots - they're incredible!]