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Alyssa had always been a loner. Moody, her mom said. Self-involved, her dad said. Just weird, her sister said.

Finally, when she finished college, she took her long-planned year off. She bought a used camper, hooked it to her pick-up, stocked it well, and took off for parts unknown. No cell phone, no internet. Just the beauties of nature and, of course, her beloved guitar.

She never thought about how her trip would end. That would take care of itself. For now? No one telling her who she WAS, compared to who she OUGHT to be.


40 thoughts on “Freedom!

  1. Yes, similar in that idea of the free spirit. There has always been a part of me that would love to live off grid and go where the whim takes me, but there is a much larger part that is comforted in knowing where my next meal will be and that stability a house has. Until you get back to my story and that house is destroyed while the free spirit loses nothing…

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  2. Good for her. I think that those who manage to do what their heart calls to do, even if they can only do so for a time, benefit from the riches of it, even with the challenges it may bring. It may not look the same for everyone, but to take some time to be oneself without the chatter of others, is a good thing. And nature is great company, when the basics are taken care of.

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  3. Oh yes. This is a slice of teenage life, Well told in just 100 words. My daughter did the same at 18 years old. But she didn’t drive around, she just moved town. And always stayed in touch 🙂 She’s 30 now and very well adjusted I’m happy to say 🙂

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