Why doesn't the vagabond have any expectations regarding his life?  

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The vagabond does not have any expectations regarding his life because he is essentially content with the status quo (the way things are now or the current state of affairs). He is happy to travel by himself, enjoying nature and the fruits of nature. All he wants is to be left alone to enjoy the life he loves:

Bed in the bush with stars to see,

Bread I dip in the river --

There's the life for a man like me,

There's the life for ever.

While many of us may never attain the kind of wealth the vagabond philosophically eschews, we are nevertheless surprised at his equally persistent refusal to seek out hope, friendship, or love. His focus on travel and the enjoyment of his idyllic lifestyle is highlighted in his refusal to bow to the challenges autumn and winter bring. I hear him adamantly defending his right to choose the kind of life he prefers to live. So, the vagabond doesn't seem to have any expectations for his life because he has ceased to crave the things which will prevent his self-actualization (self-fulfillment through independence, creativity, and spontaneity).

What is self-actualization?Throughout history, many who espouse the tenets of asceticism will attest to the rejection of worldly and physical pleasures to attain particular goals. For example, ancient Roman athletes abstained from sexual and other physical pleasures in order to retain their physical prowess during competitions. The Stoics themselves refrained from sensual pleasures, and ascetics from the Buddhist, Hindu, and Christian faiths have equally denounced the ephemeral qualities of physical and earthly pleasures. Perhaps the vagabond practices a sort of asceticism; however, his personal goals remain a mystery to us.

All I ask, the heaven above And the road below me.
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