If you feel like you work too much, spend too much and generally rush through life waiting for the next big thing, I know how you feel! Up until last year my life was on a “normal” path of balancing work with consumption, progress with debt and happiness with stress. My life wasn’t bad it was just out of balance.
The allure of the American Dream is strong. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we can have it all, and in some ways we can. I still want to have financial freedom, I still want enough money to do the things I enjoy, I still want to spend my time with the people I love and I still want to pursue my dreams, but those dreams look a lot different than they did a year ago.
Life is all about trade offs. On any given day, we trade productivity for sleep, time for money, and money for relaxation, or adventure or recreation. None of these trade offs are bad, unless we are no longer content with what we are trading. Last year I realized I was at a point in my life where the trades I was making weren’t adding value to my life or helping me get closer to my dream.
Tiny living has helped me become more content with what I have from a material perspective. I realize how few “things” I need to be content on any given day. I have also been able to slow down enough to start figuring out what my dream looks like. Tiny living has certainly allowed me to focus less on acquiring stuff and less on maintaining my space, but more importantly it has given me enough time to focus on developing my new dream.
Today I took some time off work to relax and work on my own business. I was able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, and Rocket was thrilled by our long walk. Just slowing down this afternoon reminded me of how far I have come. It gave me another opportunity to appreciate my new adventure. It also reminded me of a Robert Frost Poem,
The Road Not Taken.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I know my road is the less traveled one, but it’s the right road for me.