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    I just joined the site because I’ve been lurking for a while and the articles I’ve seen on simple living sound exactly like what I want to do. My problem is there are no practical steps as to how to do it. I’m looking for real life examples of people who live a simple life portrayed as how it is described around this site. I’m a younger guy not out of college yet so any examples is much appreciated. Thanks!



    Dear Garrett:

    Welcome to the Forums. If you describe to me what you mean by “people who live a simple life” that you read about, I will be glad to offer you my thoughts on the matter, and maybe the examples you asked for.




    “The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose and values. A person must be selective with their time and energy because both elements of life are limited.”  ― Kilroy J. Oldster

    A  necessary ingredient to the simple life is “to know thyself” which just based on the majorly of posts on this site, not so simple.

    A good place to start then might be to remove from your life any material objects that you don’t need. Each object you dispose of or keep will tell you much about yourself and what a simple life might mean to you.

    The second step may be determining what you want with regards to relationships. Some might argue that the more people you relate to the more complex your life will be. Open yourself to love and you open yourself to being hurt… which begs the question if the desire for a simple life is really a wish for a life without pain? If so what your looking for is not Life, simple or otherwise, as pain is an integral part of life. (without pain we rot)

    Life as it is, is complex in its simplicity. Even so the experience of life is something other so no two experiences the same. The simple life for one person may be living in a tent for another a house.



    Hey Garrett. Do some googling of ‘minimalism’ which could be what you’re after. This is also a practical (yet profound) book you might like:

    I’m only a few years older than you by the sounds of it, and while I was going through University I took time off (3 month and then 1 year) to go backpacking alone around the world. It’s possible to do this very cheaply ($10USD a day) and less depending on where you go, how travel-smart you are, who you meet, and what you’re comfortable and not comfortable with (for instance, I effectively slept out on the streets sometimes).

    Now I’m back in my comfortable lifestyle at home but I know that I can carry those experiences with me even as I do earn more money and own more things, because I have sen just how happy I can be with almost nothing.

    So roughing it for a while doing solo travel is my number 1 tip personal tip!



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