Friday, September 23, 2022

Meditation on the freedom in living simply

If I were younger, I would consider living in a van in the way this young woman lives.  Not permanently but long enough to travel and see what I could see.  With so many jobs online these days, I could support myself while living in a van.  Sarah has learned to live simply at a young age, after a major surgery which requires her to have an ostomy bag for the rest of her life.  Although I have more living space than Sarah, my total living space is under 700 square feet and requires some of the same strategies that Sarah uses.  I also live alone and, like Sarah, have learned to handle whatever comes up regarding home maintenance, learning that I don't have to pay for maintenance and repairs that I can do myself.  

Sarah's cat, Bodhi, reminds me of my beloved Oboe.  If I were to live in a van, I would certainly share the space with a cat.  

"I was talking to a friend about this the other day and she is moving to Australia and wants to do van life there but she is so scared of all the what-ifs and the unknowns and I like to call them figure-outables.  Like, it's okay if you don't know how to do it, you can figure it out ..."

(If you have time for nothing else, listen to Sarah from 9:30 to 9:45 on the video)

Sarah and so many of the young people give me hope for today.


NewRobin13 said...

I lived in a camper/van for quite a while in the 1970s while my partner and I built our little cabin on the Illinois River in southern Oregon. I liked the little quiet life in our van. We drove it across country too and life was very simple. Everything was right there. Living simply is definitely the way to live these days, if you can.

Pixie said...

I always think I would like to live like this but I doubt I would. I would be lonely. She seems like a lovely young woman.

Colette said...

My husband and I would get on each others nerves at such close quarters. I know for sure, because we lived in a travel trailer for 3 months in 2014 and it almost cost us our marriage. But for one person and a cat, it sounds lovely.

37paddington said...

She is an inspiring young woman with a very peaceful vibe.