My bloggie friend Ricë has been writing in her blog, mentioning the simple life. She gets an idea in her head and she likes to chew on it a while. Her thinking has got me thinking, you know how it goes.
I have read a little about the slow food movement, slow travel, and I very much like the idea of slow art. I don't know if I read anything about that or if I just made it up (note to myself: that would be a fun blog post to write.) Is the slow movement connected to simple living or is that a thought that Ricë put in my head?
I think I must live a simple life. It wasn't something I set out to do, at least not like a conscious choice of "I must simplify my life." I don't think I had a terribly complicated life to begin with. I have never had a mortgage, it has been a long time since I had a regular job. I have always lived on the cheap because I have never had much money. And I have never had much money because I wanted to be an artist.
I buy few things, pretty much only what we need. It is a fairly long drive to the shops (30 minutes) and I don't like shopping malls or shopping. The only things I buy that really excite me are stuff to make stuff with.
We don't have a veggie garden and I don't bake bread. But we do shop at the local farmer's market. I do refashion and I would like to make more of my own clothes.
Our house is kind of strange in that it looks bigger than it is. The upstairs is a single room, downstairs is a tiny kitchen, a small living room and my husband's study. The building on the left is our outdoor dunny and a tool shed. The roof behind that is my studio.
I like my simple life. The advantages are pretty obvious. I like how I spend my time and the work I do. I love living in the rainforest with the animals. I live in such a way that has less impact on the earth (although because of how far out we live, we do have two cars.) The disadvantages are that I can get a bit insecure that my house looks poor to other people or that I don't dress well enough. It is a kind of social shame that can come up when I imagine that others are judging me.
What is your life like? Simple or complex? Do you like it that way?