March 2018 - Van Life Part 3: Freedom & Van Life

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Freedom and Van Life
"I could never do what you do" a friend said to me whilst I gave her a tour of my van /home "I need my freedom." I was thrown. I looked lovingly at my little yellow van, with all my worldly possessions folded under the bed. I have never felt freer. Ok, everyday things become complicated, such as cooking, getting water, finding a suitable bush, hanging up washing (on the dashboard), putting the cat out… getting the cat in. But going for an overnight in Dartmoor at 10mins notice, to see the shooting stars, or writing this script whilst lying in bed, by the river.. these things become simple.

"I need my garden," my friend continued "I need space". Perhaps she imagined me cooped up in a tiny dark metal box, isolated and alone. It's true that there's not a lot of space in my van, but there is a lot of space in the world. That's my garden. It's different every day. Sometimes I park on the coast, sharing the morning's sea-sparkle view with millionaire homeowners. 

So one person feels free in their own garden, which they tend and grow into a paradise of their design, For me, owning a house and big grounds would feel like a ball and chain, grounding me to one place. What do you call freedom? Perhaps it's different for you. The question is "What makes you feel free?" It might not be what anyone thinks it should be, but that’s all the more reason to pursue it.

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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