I romanticize often about the Walden lifestyle.
Live in a wooden cabin, with nothing but a bed, desk, chair, lamp and few good books, by the pond. No sound of traffic, just the sounds of crickets roaring harmoniously. If cold, spend 20 minutes rubbing two sticks together to start a fire.
Have two dogs to keep me company and have them keep each other company. Spend my days writing or fishing for food. And cook the fish over the fire. Maybe even make a stew.
Have 2 close friends come by and drink and laugh the night away. Read great books and write my own on legal pads well into the night.
If only I could do the same…
But actually, I can. I am doing something similar but not near a pond and in the great outdoors (mosquitos are not particularly friendly). Instead, I am living that life at home. I live in a condo near the city. And I have found that the romanticism we often have with the Walden lifestyle is just that – romanticism.
Just because we like the idea of doing so doesn’t mean we will like the actual act of doing it.
I used to love watching dunks in the NBA but when it was my turn to try to dunk… I got tired on the third try.
We would like to think that a quiet and slow life is for us. But I urge you to sample it at home before work, after work and on weekends.
Here’s what you can do:
- Grow plants on the balcony.
- Sleep on a mattress on the floor.
- Get a comfortable chair, a cozy blanket, a warm drink and your favourite book to read.
- Spend an afternoon cooking and invite your 2 closest friends over/ cook for your housemates or family.
- Have a pet to spend the day with.
All the while, sticking to the one rule – not surfing the internet (if you have to use it to message your friends to come over, fine).
This is just my version of a simple life in an apartment. What’s yours?