Shelter is a need, most of a house is a want, a luxury. I do not expect anyone to understand this post, you will think me crazy.
Great Post which I HOPE helps a few people change their lifestyles and follow their dreams. I just finished reading a short simple book, "Rich Dad Poor Dad" which explains the difference between education and IQs and financial common sense and basic philosophy. I read "Walden" and "Thoughts of Thoreau" in my late teens retaining and using the advice and wisdom expressed in each book to FREE myself of the way I was raised. Another great book but probably difficult to find now is Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book" and Jerry Rubin's "DO IT" and "Growing ( Up ) at Thirty-Seven" where he explains his shocking one liner , "Kill Your Parents" meaning to kill the "parents" inside of yourself or stopping behaviors and attitudes inherited / taught by the generations before us.
Here's my list I created for people still struggling to escape the "rat race".
10 Simple Living Tips to Help You Make Travel Dreams a Reality
Below is how I answered a woman who wondered how could we take a year to travel around the world when we home schooled our daughter.
My wife and I grew up with very modest financial backgrounds guess you'd call it "blue collar" families. So we realized at a young age that not just making money was necesary to become free of the society tied to their jobs but SAVING money was important to reach financial independence. An old Chinese equation for financial success is:live on one
third of your income,invest one third conservatively and invest or take a chance with the remaining third with possible higher investment returns. The "GROSS SALARY" is one of American society's "Brainwashes" on the American people and the other are MENTAL IMAGES of what possessions you need to live the "good life".
We didn't really have to save up for a long time but did plan the trip over a year ago because of our 12 y.o. daughter's school and activity schedules. Tips to be able to make your dreams a reality are as follows:
1.no impulse buying
3.pay cash for your car not installments
4.pay all credit card bills monthly with no remaining
5.share rent or live with your parents until you save
6.work more so you are not able to spend
7.know that traveling around the world is cheaper than
living in the States and many other developed economies
8.love yourself so you don't need to buy something to
"improve your self image"
9.be active with hobbies that don't cost much money
like exercise, education and lovemaking.
10. realize that you're only human and all the above
"tips" will be broken but try your best.
Andy, As another who has "escaped" several times I agree with your observations. For me it is being in control of myself and making decisions when you are aware of the long term consequences. Also realizing you will not be 100 accurate, but learn from your mistakes and choose paths that lead in the direction that takes you to a state of economic, social, political and familial you have chosen. Great to hear from you. John
Not sure why the talk about money, but it is here to stay. In the end all you need to do to stop the machine is say no, the machine does not care.
Read the book, I am ok, your ok, everyone wants to fight, this is the machine talking, not the goal of this post.
The freedom you have is exceptional. Very few can emulate it. One reason is the fact that you do not equate living in $10 rooms as a reflection on you. Your self-worth is not diminished by that. You do not need the trappings of luxury to make you feel good about yourself.
Apparently, freedom is not worth it to many of us. We would have to heat our bath water in a 5 gallon used vegetable oil bucket. Andy, don't ever change!!