Simple Living – Making the Move
“The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” ~Doris Janzen Longacre
I’m not sure how to explain to friends and family why we are moving. I know why, but there is no simple answer to give.
Many of our family and friends think we are doing it out of desperation – “Just wait, Carl will get another job. You just need to wait it out,” they say encouragingly.
“But we don’t want another stressful job, with the long stressful commutes, we want out,” is my feeble reply.
And don’t even mention farming. “We want a little land, a garden, some fruit trees, some chickens and maybe some goats too.”
“Why would you want to do that?” they ask incredulously.
Perhaps they think we are having a mid-life crisis, or we are making choices out of desperation. The truth is, we have planned this exit for years. We have spent the last two years researching, reading, and travelling to places that interest us. Long talks at night, and long emails during the day as we exchanged ideas and information.
The time for talking and dreaming is over. It’s time to gather our courage and make it real. And so we ready our house to go up for sale, go through our belongings and lighten our load of material possessions, and start the emotional process of moving on.
There is a lot of work to do, and we are trying to take it one step, one day at a time. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do before we reach our destination. And of course, even then the work will go on.
But it will be a different kind of work. It won’t be an accidental life – it will be the life we chose.