My dream of traveling on a dime, fishing, writing, exploring, bike riding, connecting with my Grand kids to leave a legacy, and all from the back of an old Dodge Ram, 1990. When the dream came, I had no extra money, no fly fishing set, no bike, and no real strategy. All I had was an old truck with at least 250,000 miles on it, and likely more than that, and a Dream to do something I could not currently do. So how do you get from where you are, to something you want to be?
Now if you’re someone with a lot of money you can just throw at something, this site, and the Black RAM Adventure is not for you. This site is about all the rest of us, the most of us, who never chased after money as a goal, but just wanted to enjoy life. I’ve worked hard, but I chose jobs for personal satisfaction, not the pay. As a result, I’ve learned to be creative, think outside the box, and find ways more fulfilling than spending lots of money. I’ve never been drawn to the fancy, I love simplicity. So…
How do you “morph” on a small budget, perhaps even a tiny budget, even a micro budget? Yes, a “morph” is what is required, a metamorphosis. A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into something different, by natural or supernatural means. Dreams usually are about some kind of a transformation. The Dream is a Dream because you do not currently possess it, but you want to, you want to “become” it, and live it. The caterpillar becomes the butterfly.
A journey of transformation is required, a “morph”. Definition> “To change smoothly from one image to another by small gradual steps. This usually refers to computer animation techniques.” If you’ve ever seen the individual drawings that make up the life-like actions of animated figures, you get the picture, lots of micro steps adding up to a “macro” result, or transformation.
Of course, “micro” means very small, as in baby steps, or eating an elephant one bite at a time. “Macro” is only different in spelling by one letter, but is complete opposite in meaning. Macro is large. Macro is the elephant. A “morph” requires a lot of micro to smoothly add up to a macro, which eventually gets you to the meta (something after or beyond), you’re trying to get to, the total transformation and you are finally living the Dream, you have become that Dream. What you were not, you now are. What people said you were not, they now will admit you are.
As for me, having taken early retirement, I knew I had to find a source for extra money, but it did not have to be a lot. I did not have to become the slave of something to pursue simplicity. That is one of the beauties of simplicity and what Jesus did and taught. So I became a professional dish washer part time. Roughly 16 hours a week. So were not talking big bucks here. We’re talking micro, but it’s adding up, and momentum is beginning to build. Momentum is another force you are creating in the Micro-Macro process.
I remember when I finally had the money, and I took the macro step to buy my Fly Fishing set and waders. All in all I spent a good $300.00 that day, and it all came by washing one dish at a time. I wonder how many thousand dishes I washed, how many micro steps I performed, before a brand new Fly Fishing Rod and Reel was actually in my hands and I was out at my Teepee trying my first casts? This seemed like a huge step to me. A piece of the Dream had now manifested. And now, in just 5 more days I head out on my “first” Black RAM Adventure! Even as temperatures are dropping! Even as brother Wind is the forerunner of old man Winter! But it is real, and it is happening! Micro-Macro-Meta-Morpho! Ala-kazam! Presto! It may sound like magic, but it is not. It’s the age old wisdom of planting micro seeds in the ground to finally reap a macro harvest.
Yesterday, as I was testing my truck bed set-up, with tarps in place blocking the wind and preparing for coming rain, I had a Grandchild just happen to show up. The son of our 4th born son. They just happen to come pulling into the drive. Now Luca is only like 3 years old, and he looked at Grandpa White Feather up in his Dog House, sipping on coffee and eating chocolate chip cookies. He never seen the Dog House before. I invited him up. Whamo! The beginning of a legacy being created right then and there! It was not even planned. Complete coincidence, but this is who I am now becoming, and so these coincidences will happen even more and more! Momentum! And a momentous moment! Now a memory; a mental impression that might last a lifetime.
So how about you? What’s your DREAM? Do you have one? If not, why? Have you already achieved it, become it, and living it? If so, good for you! Enjoy! But if not, then don’t forget about the Bible wisdom of sowing and reaping. Micro-Macro-Meta-Morpho. It’s not magic. It doesn’t happen in an instant. But it’s also not an empty illusion. It’s REAL! And once the metamorphosis is complete, you have something REAL. You have become that. Transformation complete! Journey done and destination reached! ENJOY! Let the butterfly fly! Even soar.
Today my goal is to create a wood burning stove out of a steel 55 gallon drum. Here is where the drum will set when finished. You can see it in the back right hand corner of the truck bed. Wish me luck!
I hope to do some writing soon, about the history of the RAM truck, and other trucks too. I think old trucks are special, and I want that to be a part of this Blog site. I’ve been doing some studying of old trucks, and it’s pretty interesting. So coming soon…actual reports and pictures of how my first Black RAM Adventure goes, and perhaps some truck history, along with recommending walking with Jesus to one and all!