Thelma & Louise
A road trip to seek for self-knowledge. Around the world on a Citroën 2CV from the eighties.
We left everything behind. Everything. The two of us were overwhelmed by the lack of time in this alienated society and completely stuck at work, even though we both were truly established in our respective job positions. We were at the same vital point of our lives when we entered the thirties this summer. Instead of complaining about what we do not like in our lives and non-accomplished dreams, we decided to build something together. Something that we really feel like doing, beyond comfort, standard conventions or fears. We know that it was the perfect moment for starting this adventure that is changing our lives. The time for taking control of our lives had come. Finally our life belongs to us.
We have quitted our permanent and stable jobs, we have detached from everything material, everything supposedly necessary for living. To truly live. With passion. We left behind our professional careers, family, friends, boyfriends, routines and obligations. And we just began a spiritual journey from Mallorca heading Istanbul along the Mediterranean coast at a first stage. We have no savings nor planned routes. We just have a really special mate, a Citroën 2CV.
We have visited half Europe with our eyes and heart wide open to experience another way of living and subsist within the sharing economy, sleeping in our tent and working through platforms like Work Away. Detaching ourselves from everything that is not nature, human relationships and love for life and for what we do. So far we have worked in a permaculture orchard in France, doing the harvest in Italy, doing a photoshooting in Montenegro, helping as volunteers in a Syrian refugees camp in Serbia and doing the olive picking in a self sustainable community in Greece.
In a beautiful book named “Lots of tiny people” by Gustavo Duch, there is a beautiful writing which we feel completely identified with. It has become the manifesto for our living adventure:
[/agni_blockquote][agni_dropcap letter=”F” choice=”circle”]rom now on, we declare, we will not work anymore to finance those despotic states that steal our homes or sustenance, neither for depressive states that steal our happiness. Slave work has come to an end.
We interrupt immediately and forever the consumerist consumerism that consumes our smiles and devour seas, lands, skies and waters. People are not the Market, we affirm – market is just a meeting place.
Sexist work days which insult love, caring and affection are consigned to perpetual inactivity.
We strictly state: we stand our ground! We plant ourselves like rebel seeds on the Earth, facing the arrogant abuses that we commit over it.
We declare hunger and pain, bad love and bad humour in general and permanent strike.
We will keep wars in indefinite strike. We will suspend all of the positions of those who make war, forever and ever. So be it.
Last but not least, we declare the quest for materialist wealth forever interrupted, for it is responsible for all of the poverty.
Among mates, with knowing souls, we vow to occupy every second, minute and hour that we misemploy today, in the collective construction of a permanent state of happiness.
Lots of tiny people.
Translation into English by Anna Baum and Ana Vega.[/agni_dropcap]