It’s amazing how a little bit of sunshine makes us feel. A blue sky, a couple of clouds dotted about and POW! We feel awesome! The sun doesn’t actually know what it’s doing to us. It just appears over the horizon every morning as our slightly tainted planet rotates, and up she rises. Even if it did know, it probably really wouldn’t give a shit anyway. “I’m far too important to worry about how I make these peasants feel” it probably wouldn’t say.
But nonetheless it rises gradually, basking everything in front of it in glorious life giving warmth. Unless it’s cloudy. Then it just teases us. Hiding behind big fluffy floating puffs of vapour, flashing us her proverbial titties through any slight break in the cloud cover.
This morning, I woke up in a nature reserve car park, a cloudless sky above me. Batteries getting a pukka boost from the solar energy released from such a day. I moved the van over to the fence and climbed up, using a stick and one of those marvellous e-cloths to clean the panels and receive full benefit of those beautiful rays.
I also sat on the sidestep of the van, side door wide open and soaked in that lovely vitamin D boosting lushness. A had a good coffee in one hand, and my balls in the other. I was relaxed. Life was good. My life was good. I hadn’t felt so comfortable with myself for a very long time and I was in my element.
I decided to make good of the morning and sort out the over cab locker. It’s always suffered with condensation for some reason so I thought today would be a good day to clear it out and let it breath in some fresh air. I started pulling everything out and quickly noticed that smell that catches your breath. Mould. Damn it. Everything was mouldy. Friggin covered in the shit. My awning, my Alpkit 2 person tent, my bike packing bags, even my bike helmet. For fucks sake. I tried to not let it ruin my morning but it was attacking me like a persistent mosquito. I pressed on regardless and got it all cleaned up and smelling fresh in there once again.
Right then, let’s see why it’s so damp in there. I quickly traced it down to a loose roof mounted aerial. I think anyway. Could be a number of things but this was the easiest to start with. I dug my tools out, found the torque bit I needed and tightened that sucker up to within a micron of death. Dunno if rain was getting in there or not but we’ll see. Like I’ve said before, that’s how I fix shit. One thing at a time, until the problem is resolved.
I’ve used this method many many times throughout my life, and will continue to do so for the rest of it. It just works. No need to do anymore than fix the problem, it’s unnecessary. Some of y’all will baulk at this method, preferring to replace the entire kitchen because a drawer handle fell off. Well that’s not me. I’ll work out why the handle fell off, fix it back on and work out how to prevent it falling off in the future. Maybe. Sometimes I don’t even do that, preferring to live in the moment and fix that with some toothpaste and a loo roll tube. Jobs a goodun.
So with the first stage of find the leak completed, I decided to have another coffee to celebrate and contemplate on the completed mission. This gave my mind the freedom to wander, to gather the litter floating around it and burn it under the heat of the sun leaving behind only the fresh thoughts, the ones that make sense. I have a plan laid out for the future, and it’s almost time to action it. It’s going to be awesomerer! The sun is most definitely shining on my plan and I can’t wait for it to soak up the suns rays and burst into fruition! And I can’t wait to share it with y’all!
Amy Adams (I have no idea who she is though) said once “I think a lot of times we don't pay enough attention to people with a positive attitude because we assume they are naive or stupid or unschooled” I am neither naive, stupid nor unschooled. I have a positive attitude and I’m awesomerer! And you’d better believe it too!
Even the rust holes on my van that are appearing every minute look fucking incredible!
Stay fresh, and big love as always CS