“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”
― Ray Bradbury
It’s been a long week in BC politics, one that has been both engaging and uplifting on one front( BC education) and yet so terribly cynical on another ( Clarks donor pay top-up). And I have even more to say about that after the weekend is done, including a post on solutions, a post on Site C and a post that will blow your mind….
But tonight, this post is dedicated to celebrating living ones dreams.
The best part of writing this blog has always been the incredible people it’s brought into my life. From diplomats to farmers, loggers to ceo’s and everything in between, the diversity of my audience has lead to long lasting friendships and camaraderie that surpasses the distances between us.
One such long time reader and friend is David Cox, who has written a book that is attracting the attention of many in BC, including the media. Those of us who’ve known him for some time will recognize his blog from the sidebar to the right: http://offthegridhomes.org/
It’s a fantasy for many on the West Coast: give up your office job for a life on a quiet island communing with nature.
David Cox lived that fantasy, and he wrote the book on it. Our Life Off the Grid: An Urban Couple Goes Feral will soon be available on paperback — it’s currently available as an e-book.
Cox used to live what he calls “the cul-de-sac existence.” He lived in the suburbs with two kids and a variety of jobs, trying everything from running a medical clinic, to professional motorcycle racing to a stint as a banker.
“I was bored,” said Cox. “I thought the routine of driving in traffic and living to work was unsatisfying.”
David and his wife Sally set off for Read Island, B.C., a remote island that has no roads, no stores and no power.”
There is a darn good reason why so many off the grid living TV shows are so popular these days. People are looking to escape from the rat race and everything it entails. David and Sally did that and had some funny and very real,honest moments along the way…and that clearly struck a chord because they have been Long Listed for the 2016 Stephen Leacock Awards for Humour!
Now, I don’t know that JDC knows this, but what he and Sally have done is an inspiration to me…every single day. They didn’t just talk about living their dreams… they did it. And they did it at an age where there was time for many more adventures and I hope, more books too. 🙂 There isn’t a day when I do not think about all the wisdom shared here without any motivation other than building a better world for each of us. Regardless of where they end up on this journey, they are always first place in my heart for not just dreaming the dream, but living it. 🙂