What Do I Want?
- I want to live in a tiny house.
- I want less stuff.
- I want to write.
- I want to travel.
- I want to take summers off and not have to work if I don’t feel like it.
- I want to write on the beach in Costa Rica.
- I want to eat GOOD FOOD – healthy, REAL FOOD.
- I want to go hiking and take long walks with my dogs.
- I want to take a nap whenever I’m tired.
You get the idea.
As I was thinking about this list before I sat down to write it, I realized that all of these things are easily within my reach. Everything on this list is absolutely 100% doable. I could have it all, and do it all, like, NOW.
So why don’t I?
What makes a downshifter’s dream life – a life that is smaller, simpler, quieter – seem so far out of reach for so many people? It’s not like we’re asking for millions of dollars. We want less. Less stuff. Less stress. But we also want more. More freedom. More control over our own lives.
Or do we?
What is it about freedom of choice that scares the crap out of most people? We all have it, but we fool ourselves into thinking that we don’t. We live the way we do because, well, we have no choice. That’s what we tell ourselves. It’s complete bullshit.
Why are so many of us scared to change?