“You look tanned”, said my friend. Without hesitation I answered, “ I live outside”.
Up until that moment I thought I was living on a boat. But my off the cuff reply was correct. I do live outside, on the water, in a park, on an Island. Even holed up inside my floating home I am exposed to a much more natural environment than in an apartment, house or condo.
The result is a much more balanced and happy me. Now, when I need a break from the computer, I swim in the lake and walk amongst the willows instead of a sea of cars and sidewalks.
The change was anything but subtle. And more importantly, I chose it.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush. To spend what you earn and ask for more. A year ago I decided that was enough. I asked myself what I wanted most and committed to it. A place in Costa Rica. An Island home in Toronto. I have both now and they cost me less than the rent on my (former) two-bedroom apartment.
Instead of looking to make more to get what I wanted I figured out how to get what I wanted for less. And it worked.
It’s not for everyone. I don’t have kids, or other dependents. I am not risk adverse. But none of that is the point. The point is there is always another way. And if you don’t look for it you won’t discover what might be the best choice you ever made.