How we got our name
On a recent trip to Thailand we found ourselves deep in conversation with a new friend about things we would like to do before we are forty. We all agreed that the only thing we really care for is to be happy and do something that we enjoyed, not a typical 9-5 that paid the bills. Lost in conversation discussing all the ways we hope to better the world he said to us:
“I wish there was a way we could all band together to make a difference in the world; To organize our thoughts and really change it into a better place.”
Getting back from that trip, as we packed up our van for life on the road, you could see the disappointment on my dad’s face. “You know, it would be a lot better if you guys just bought a house.” A sentiment echoed by nearly everyone we’ve talked to since getting married. While no one came right out and said it, our whole way of life was a colossal disappointment to them. In their eyes we were Peter Pan – children that needed to grow up. Sitting in our van I thought to myself:
You know this is the first thing you have ever done where you truly didn’t care about what anyone else thought. You never went through a rebellious stage. The most rebellious thing you have done up to this point is travel. You have always worried, perhaps too much, what everyone else thinks of you always keeping their influential voices in the back of your mind. Besides, a girl who refused to eat meat, advocated for human and animal rights, and makes it her life’s mission to spread the love and find peace all while driving around in her old Volkswagen van, that can’t be that much of a rebellion. It isn’t like I am lost downtown shooting heroin and partying like crazy. I couldn’t be letting them down that much, right?
It wasn’t until one evening we realized that this wasn’t a small innocent rebellion. This was a serious, dangerous, life altering rebellion. We are threatening not only ourselves, but the government, our families and everyone whose life we have touched.
What we are doing jeopardizes all things that our generation has become so comfortable with. We are rebelling against million dollar fast food industries, powerful pharmaceutical companies, grueling beauty industries, real estate companies, the stock market, the government, society as we know it. We want change. We want freedom. Our friend from Thailand was right: the only way we are going to get there is by banding together and chasing our goals.