A Year Later, Nirvana Found!

September 7th, 2010

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It has been just about 1 year since I started the Kindness Bus Tour and a few thoughts come to mind.

I’ve spent the last 12 months traveling to places I have never been to and seeing people who I have never met and who never expected to see me.  On a daily basis, I encounter a few challenges and usually the first one is arriving on a campus and finding a parking place that has the visibility to enable me to talk to as many students as possible.  Lately, much of my day also includes interviews and speeches. I like that a lot. I also find a creative spot for a picture of Bogart that I can include in my daily blog.

By day’s end it’s time to find a bite to eat, an overnight place to park the bus, and get some sleep.  My continued thanks to Wal-Mart for allowing campers to park in their lots overnight, since that is where I often settle down.  If I cannot find a Wal-Mart, a truck stop has fit the bill.

Evenings are spent with some housekeeping chores and writing my blog on my Blackberry.  If I’m lucky, I can find a laundromat nearby and an Anytime Fitness center where I can get some exercise and a shower.

By the time I’m ready to turn off the flashlight, it has typically been a 12 to 16 hour day.  Just another day of the most rewarding work I have ever done.

I’ve become adjusted to living without some of the things I took for granted most of my life such as hot and cold running water, a television, a kitchen, a full bathroom, and others.

Life on the bus has been without amenities, yet very comfortable once I got used to it.  My 5 miles per gallon, 60 miles an hour “carriage” has been (so far) easier to maintain than I anticipated.  I soon came to the realization that the only items I will ever need are on the bus and I now understand that “Having few possessions is actually a luxury.”

All in all, it has been a year of hard work and incredible rewards. People have embraced the Kindness project beyond my expectations and I can see that this effort is still only in its infancy.  I can’t wait to begin year 2 and add a children’s series of books, a newsletter and many more things to continue the spread of Kindness.

I have loved every minute, I have found Nirvana.

One Response to “A Year Later, Nirvana Found!”

  1. Love the idea! Let us know if you are coming near St. Louis and if there is anything we can help you with!

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