Downsizing has become quite the thing to do now as prices keep on rising and money gets tighter and tighter for a lot of us. We are having to rethink the way we are living our lives, and make some changes. This was true for me.
I wasn’t really as happy in my life as I felt I should be or that I wanted to be. I was just doing what I had always done, even though I felt like I was just treading water, going no where. I knew changes needed to happen, but reinventing myself and my life life in my more senior years just felt so daunting.
After much research and thought I decided to buy a caravan as my ‘retirement’ home and hit the road as they say.
I downsized! I downsized from a house to a 17 foot pop top caravan. Everything that wasn’t essential has gone. Was it easy to let go of everything? No! But the more I let go the easier it became.
Gone is my old life – sold, given away or put in the rubbish.
I like the idea of unplugging from the ‘system’ as much as I can, to simplify my life, and slow my life right down. The ability to be independent and move when I want is something I equate with freedom.
My idea was to live simply, with as small an environmental footprint as possible. This transition to an even smaller and simpler life has made me happier and healthier than I have been in a long time. It has also freed up money and time, two precious commodities in this world.
More time, more money, more freedom!
Living in my compact mobile home, I’ve learned that, as my living space became smaller, my freedom grew, both in terms of finances, free time and choices. I only need enough space for myself to cook, sleep and a desk to write at. Especially as I am constantly moving and changing my outside environment; One minute I am in a city enjoying all the hustle and bustle it has to offer, and the next I am amongst the trees on a mountain range doing Tai Chi at dusk or parked quietly off by a river somewhere enjoying the serenity. It doesn’t take much stuff or internal living space to do this.