As another year draws to an end and I reflect on life, where I am, and where I truly want to be, I’ve come to a realization. Though I want to live more simply, deliberately, years can just slip away, one day at a time. Without a deliberate attempt to escape it, I’ve become stuck in a culture and way of life that is out of alignment with my values. It’s easy to get stuck here, really. Humans tend to value stability and have an aversion to change. Getting up the courage to take the first step is probably the hardest part.
My vacation this week has been spent doing much research and desiring to make a change. Tiny Homes are again on my radar. Over the years I’ve researched many alternate building techniques and alternate housing possibilities. As my partner and I creep ever closer to 50, and as both our youngest are due to leave the nest in 2.5 years, a major life-change is certainly possible. We are tree-hugging, eco-minded introverts, and suddenly the ability to live anywhere is extremely enticing. I’ve always come back to Tiny Homes in my research, and it may be the portability that’s the strongest draw. Build it first, then figure out what the heck you’re going to do, and where you’re going to live.
Of all the examples I’ve stumbled upon, I think my favorite has to be The Tiny Project. What an amazing use of space. I don’t think I’d change a thing except possibly the upholstery on the couch. After looking at so many, that’s saying something!
We have so much waste in our culture, and have a tendency to accumulate way more than we need. We then store it in living spaces that are much larger than necessary, or even reasonable. So much of our time is spent working to just accumulate “stuff”, and we’re left with so little time to live.
A Tiny House is now part of our plan, and may just fall in line with our girls’ departure for college in 2.5 years, though we may just need 2 Tiny Homes for when they come home to visit. Ideally, we would have the ability to be off-grid: propane range, refrigerator, water heater; solar outlets/light fixtures, and a well for water. While we may not go off-grid immediately, having the ability to do so is something we want to incorporate.
I think the first step is just going to be getting rid of the unneeded “stuff” that just creeps into our lives, and I’m suddenly very motivated to do so after spending hours upon hours perusing tiny homes. Time to make a donation before the tax year ends!