Saturday, September 25, 2010
The goal to live a more simple life has always been one of the driving factors behind both mine and Heidi's choice to live this lifestyle, even well before we met. I believe this is true of many if not most others living this way as well. It always interests me to hear the various perspectives on simplicity from other travelers as well as those living in more stationary ways. Truly, perspective shows that there are many versions of simplicity in the minds of the many.
Vantramp simplicity, our version, is fairly obvious from reading about our life on this blog. We do our best to be as stress free as possible, living in a nomadic way, traveling with the weather and focusing on living life, exploring, sharing and always learning.
There are, of course, many common threads we share with most who seek simplicity. We are always striving to be more independent, requiring less from any outside source to sustain ourselves. We have reduced the number of possessions in our lives, to things that we enjoy and use on a regular basis or are necessary to be prepared for any contingencies that may occur. We also do our best to not be caught up in the busyness of mainstream society, rather, we prefer a slower pace that allows time to appreciate anything that captures our interest.
There are also many differences in our version of simplicity compared to many. We believe that one path is not better than another, rather a matter of preference with each offering its own rewards. Our desire is to continue living this lifestyle as long as we are physically able so, our path has a definite priority on maintaining comfort and a reliability while keeping our footprint small. We understand the attraction to a more spartan path as well, but remain very satisfied with our choices.
Whichever path you choose, Heidi and I hope that it brings you as much satisfaction and fun as we have been having!