I just read goin' RV Boondocking's post about why he's doing what he's doing, and I just wanted to give that cowboy a smooch. Bravo, mister, and an extra what he said.
A different perspective: Chris and Cherie's take on the nomadic lifestyle, where they explain that minimalism is not their goal. Minimalism, for them, is a means to an end - living in a mobile small space. I get that. For me, minimalism is more than a means, and this thing we're doing/about to do fits into a simple lifestyle that already feels good, just stagnant where we are. I want to be pushed to take simplicity further, and this is doing that. How simple must my life become before I am faced with my real self? Cover the mirrors! I want to see places, things, and myself more clearly.
In an earlier quest to become crazy rich without working much, I stumbled upon Your Money or Your Life.
It's written to guide you into self-sustaining wealth, whatever. That part was interesting and a bit inspirational, but the real bang happens before you get to treasury bills and wealth charts ZZzzz. Somehow these people make you understand the real connection between your money and your LIFE. How much of your life you're giving away in order to purchase this lunch out, or that magazine. How many hours of irretrievable time you're offering in order to purchase a new car, or the required wardrobe for your career. Are you making as much money as you think? And, would you need to buy so many new things if you weren't so stressed out and worn thin by your job? This was also the book that introduced me to the concept of voluntary simplicity. Before that, I only knew it as laziness, aimlessness, and lack of ambition.
When I read Choosing Simplicity, I knew these were my peeps.
Have their been books, movies, or other defining moments for you?