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.