Hey hey! My request is for $27,500 dollars.
Why this number?
Well, I’ve had a few serious brain injuries that has put my life on hold for 2 and a half years. I’m only 22 going on 23. I’m still in recovery but in January of this year (2019), I legitimately thought of killing myself and was planning on it, but couldn’t find any ways yet that didn’t involve pain or embarrassment on my part. I found a video on YouTube about a girl who lived in her van and was road tripping around in a fully renovated cargo van. I watched it a half dozen times and found other videos about it and the lifestyle of people who live in vans and get to have opportunities that no one that lives stationary “traditional” lifestyles can. Let alone a morose suicidal potato that the sheer action of moving too fast around the corner left her sick and weak and feeling winded and over heating.
By the end February I decided, after watching hundreds of these “vanlifers” videos and the goods and the bads and all the needed stuff for a sustainable lifestyle that will be good for me and Mother Earth, that I needed to do this thing. Because I’ve been a mad caged dog and this life I had been living was no life and was a form of purgatory. I was determined to get out of this life and into that. It’s been my key to actually working on my healing and forcing myself out of negativity and actually wanting to heal.
So I did the math and figured I could get a nice used Sprinter-style cargo for around 15k. And the total renovation process will cost around another 10k. And all the things that make a house a home like a fridge and a toilet and a bed will be around 1000 dollars. The registrations and insurances and passes for it will be 300. With 3,800 left over for accidents and bumper and gas. For what my big plan is…
I need to get out and travel. I need to see this nation and planet. I’ve earned it. I’m just getting to the point where sunlight directly doesn’t burn my eyes and can converge and diverge my vision properly. I have so much healing to go, but my plan is to go vagabond and roadtrip around North America for a while and give to the Earth by cleaning up litter along my way. It’s only fair.
Then after I become more worldly, get happy and true unbound movement and have more interesting stories then “I went in for my 12th CT scan and when I got the contrast- I really did wee my pants!” or “Then I had a blackout and caused a concussion because I sneezed too hard while walking to the kitchen for a glass of water.”I return to college and major in something good and I can use it to help others and do my part for the world. And take my van to college and pay for only a parking pass, because dorm living and or/renting an apartment is one of the biggest expenses of university, well besides books and credit fees. So it’ll save me money and I’ll be able to eat healthier due to being able to get fresh veggies and fruits and store them automatically rather than fatty convenience foods that store easy and can be transported on a long bus ride from a shopping mart or calorie laden cafeteria foods.
I hope you can help me do this. I’ve been banking on this and the minute I get that total clean bill of health bolting to the roads and seeing all that I can see. I really really really need this. It’s the key to my ongoing survival in this world. I’ve been hanging onto this idea and the prospects for dear life and as a way to not get myself back to the horrible place I was this January.
Yet again, please and thank you for your kindness and generosity.