Craving Essence & Freedom


My husband and I packed 3 years of life in Berkeley (CA) to travel the world for six months. We left everything we own in the house of my in-laws. I lived in three different countries to date, but this was the first time I had to pack more than two suitcases—in few days our lovely little nest became a cardboard mess. That's when I started to realize that we, as humans, live with way too much stuff.

Primitives lived with the essentials: a place to sleep, food and few other tools. How did we become so materialistic? Society evolved to the point that we started to surround ourselves with useless stuff that we probably use or touch once a year. But somehow we are not ready to throw it away: too many plates, too many clothes, too many ornaments and the list could go on forever.

Once the back of the truck was full, I couldn't believe my eyes. At that moment my husband and I looked at each other, and we were thinking the same thing. We were craving an essential life and the freedom to move anytime anywhere with no stress and no truck. Those are serendipitous moments when you have a vision of a different life for the first time and for the first time you think that it's possible if you want it. We were ready to hit the road with our life of three years behind our shoulders.

Every time we stopped for lunch, and I looked at the truck I couldn't believe we were traveling with everything we owned. That feeling was great. It was pure freedom. We were happy homeless. When we come back hopefully, we will live the life that we envisioned the day we looked at the truck and saw in each others eyes the reflection of the essential dream.

TravelChiara Townley