I am a 40ish Star Wars geek who resides in the high deserts of Tatooine (Nevada) and enjoy life, family, and all things Star Wars. Besides my love of Wookies and Princess Leia in a bikini, I enjoy movies, technology, pc gaming with online friends, and the great outdoors. I am a proud “Funky Uncle” or “Funkle” of five beautiful nieces and nephews and enjoy spending time with them. My passion in recent years has been to live a more simple lifestyle.
Back in 2008, I came across the movie “Into The Wild”, starring Emile Hirsch, which is “an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer and is based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.” In the movie, “McCandless rejects his conventional life by destroying all of his credit cards and identification documents. He donates nearly all of his entire savings of $24,000 to Oxfam and sets out on a cross-country drive in his well-used, but reliable Datsun B210 to experience life in the wilderness.” Although his actions were extreme in some regards (such as breaking family ties), the movie struck a cord with me as I have always loved being outdoors and the desire break free from the traditional mold of American life. The movie was a wake up call and started me on initial quest to a life of simplicity and minimalism.
The past 13 years I have worked from home and I haven’t traveled much due to my position requirements within the company itself. If I left for an extended period of time, I would come back to twice as much work then when I would leave. Working for a small company has its advantages in this respect and disadvantages in others. So, I spend every year not taking extended vacations and not traveling much from my home. This type of lifestyle has lead to bouts of depression, weight gain, anxiety, and brief periods of Agoraphobia. I really enjoy the work I do, but it has caused a lot of health related issues in that I am not as active as I should be.
As with each new year, most make resolutions to better themselves the coming year. For 2015, I decided I would reignite that fire that I had back in 2008 by striving for a more simple life and take a different approach to work so that it would allow me to travel more, but still enjoy the work I enjoy doing. This blog, “4G Nomad”, was created as part of that goal so that I can share my experiences and journey with fellow readers as I move from my work-at-home sedentary lifestyle to a more simple and active lifestyle being on the road full-time using technology and the human desire to explore new places and have new life experiences.