"This is your life. Do what you love and do it often." - Holstee Manifesto
If you've never read the Holstee Manifesto, you should. It might change your life, if you let it. It changed mine and here I am, blogging from Guemes Island, WA - a tiny, unknown island in the Puget Sound.
Today, I'm marrying the Holstee Manifesto and the lyrical genius of Whitesnake. Who would've thought that a highly designed yet simple manifesto for life would have anything in common with a glam, 80s hairband, but they do. Oh, they really do.
The Holstee Manifesto is about living life to its fullest without fear or doubt or hestitation and sharing all of that with the people around you. It's this inspiration that lead me to move to Guemes Island for 6 months with Little Virgo without knowing what the heck comes next. I have no idea if it will be 6 months or 6 years that we'll be here. I do know that the universe guided us here, and though it was scary as hell to leave the comfortable confines of the Boulder Bubble after seven amazing years, I did it. Yes, there are much worse places I could be than on an island during its best seasons. But that's the thing, isn't it? I chose to be on the island during its best seasons. "travel often. getting lost will help you find yourself." and why not?
And here's where the brilliance of Whitesnake comes in. Several days ago, sitting in the drivers seat of my trusty Jetta, I looked through the windshield of my car at the vastness of I-25 dissecting Wyoming's rough and tumble landscape and found myself singing, "Here I go again on my own. Going down the only road I've ever known. Like a drifter I was born to walk alone. But I've made up my mind. I ain't wasting no more time." And I got excited. I got butterflies in my stomach. My palms sweated a little bit. I'm going down this road that's so familiar to me. Maybe I've always done it this way, but never really noticed. And now, in this more mindful way of living, I'm noticing. I'm a drifter - the good kind. I'll land on my feet. I'll end up where I'm supposed to end up. It's the alone part I could have never done without my belief in the Holstee Manifesto. I would have never understood that this IS my life, and if I have to go it alone, at least for this part of the journey, then damnit, I'M muthereffing DOING IT!
I'll be blogging my adventures from the island for the next several months while I finish my first novel (also still freelance writing - shameless self-promotion). I hope you tune in, leave your comments, and share in the excitement.
If you haven't seen this video in a while, and why would you have, do yourself a favor and give 4:32 to the masterpiece that is 80s videos: