This is a guest post by Dave, who is also looking to retire no later than 45, but unlike Tim has no kids and doesn’t want any. Dave is from Ontario and is working towards his CGA certification.
I continue to be attracted to two separate, but similar topics, which I have subscribed to and have moved up my blog reader. I am continually reading several blogs, including The Aiki Homestead – about a guy who moved from Southern Ontario to the north and is currently living in a yurt. Another homesteading blog that I really like is “The Walden Effect” , which is documenting a couple’s homesteading lifestyle as relative beginners to more learned veterans of living off the land. As for Survivalist Blogs, I mainly read “The Redneck Survivalist“, which is relatively new, and is written by a guy from Ontario.
My wife and I have talked (well, I have rambled and she has listened) about this new interest of mine – her main question, which is what she asks whenever I start talking about something a little too much, is how much it would affect her. At this point, it really won’t as I am enjoying just reading about these topics.
So, why the interest? I think that I am feeling somewhat detached these days. There is nothing that I really do that affects anything that I do to stay alive. I buy all my food at the store or from other people that grow it for me, my house was purchased, I turn a tap and water comes, I hit a switch and heat comes for cooking or warmth. I spend all day sitting at a desk looking at numbers, and hitting keys to change these numbers, which realistically speaking doesn’t really change anything.
Up until even 100 to 150 years ago, most people at least grew some of their own food and could do most of their own repairs. Our current world has resulted in hyper-specialization, which has placed a significant opportunity cost to learning skills that you can pay someone to do for you (think a mechanic, plumber, or electrician).
So, I think that I am vicariously living through people who are actually (in their own way) living an independent life. This is something that I hope Early Retirement will allow me to do – to get away from the highly technical and detached world to a lifestyle that I’m currently living in and slow down to enjoy the day-to-day life that I jealously watch these people living in the Homesteading blog, allowing me to be better prepared for any pending disasters that I kind of freak myself out about in survivalist blogs.
It seems that most people are okay with current society, in a movement towards urban living and the new “thing” rather than enjoying life. I am attempting to achieve this as well.
Am I alone in feeling this kind of detachment? Or are there others who wish for a simpler life?