When I was in high school I always thought it was so strange that there were kids my age who knew exactly what they wanted to do with their life… I have always placed the utmost importance on decision making, sometimes to the point that it paralyzes my process. I am constantly evaluating and reevaluating. I have had to continually grow and establish that which is important to me and actively bring it into my life. I endeavor to cultivate skills, values, experiences and relationships that are meaningful. I also really like to help others. I have found that I have a deep need to learn and try new things and eventually become bored if I don’t change things up every now and again.
This quote that I recently read from Mahatma Gandhi really speaks to me,
“Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.” ~Mahatma Gandhi
Maybe I thought it was strange that my peers already “knew” that they wanted to be a lawyer and a mom or some such things because my soul was reaching and searching for something radically different. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted and found the prospect of deciding that sort of thing with such little life experience somewhat overwhelming. The one thing I have always known is that I want to lead a fully conscious, meaningful and purpose driven life. It just hasn’t always been easy for me to determine what that purpose is. I have never had a lack of goals, the problem is that I tend towards having an unreasonable number goals.
It has been four months now since we have moved into our tiny space, our 21ft. travel trailer. We have approximately 162 square feet of living space. So far we don’t mind a bit. We had the heat on almost every day last month and our electric bill was only $60!
In this blog I am going to talk about how our lives have changed since going from an 1800 square foot house to an 162 square foot travel trailer. I am going to talk about what our life is like now and how and why this is working for us.
I have to say that while there was some adjusting that had to be done, and still does, the vast majority of change that has taken place is positive. We even enjoy coming up with creative solutions to new situations in our tiny abode; whether they are storage related, heating and cooling related, moisture related or ant related…. We are figuring this out one step at a time and this would probably be a good topic for a future blog post.
I do think that we were absolutely mentally prepared to do this. It is truly what we both wanted and we can finally see the reasons for our move really coming to fruition. This would and could not work if we were not BOTH on board. We have goals and we are actively involved with them. It is difficult to forget about your goals and how serious you are about them when you live in a small space. Your daily life is a constant reminder of why you are there and what you plan to accomplish. Sometimes Rob finds himself surprised by what a big deal this isn’t. RV living suits us well. Our fantasies about where we will live next never include a “Mansion” or “Large Single Family Home”, it is always about our next RV or the Tiny efficient house we plan to build with our own hands.
The Goals and Values we are committed to:
(Notice that none of our values and goals includes having more stuff or material goods. I am not saying this as a bragging point. I think most people have similar goals and values, but they get distracted by status items and mistakenly begin to believe they are important. Living the tiny lifestyle helps us stay focused on that which is most deeply important to us and helps us avoid both distraction and the distortion that the meaning of life lies in material goods and status symbols.)
The Lifestyle / What it is like?
Change Breeds More Change:
By all accounts, we live a very fun and full life in our tiny trailer.
My sister asked, “so are you driving each other crazy being in such a close space together all of the time.” The answer is no. Maybe we are just lucky, but this aspect is not hard for us. And honestly when one of us is gone for more than a couple of hours, we start to miss each other. We enjoy being together, working together, traveling together and truly these are the things that bring us the most satisfaction in life. Like any couple we argue and get our feelings hurt every now and again, but the good most definitely outweighs the bad.