This post has been rolling around in my head for a while, but never found its way out. Then, today, I read Tom’s excellent post entitled: But, it’s on sale!. In his post he talks about marketing and buying more stuff, but he also talks about his, and his wife’s efforts to downsize.
While I was in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I met a couple, Will & Karen. They were taking beginning Spanish. During our breaks, and sometimes after school, we spent time together, talking, laughing, and having a great time. They were newly minted retirees, having just retired on October 1st of this year, only a few weeks before I took these pictures.
Will and I like an adventure and decided to go and have a local dish, goat soup. While we enjoyed our Goat and a Coke, the three of us talked of retirement and other things. Karen, the smart one, decided not to have it and chose a different meal, instead. Also, Will, it seems, is a bit more adventurous than I. He shared an e-mail with me about his adventures in eating unpasteurized cheese and the subsequent 20 hour sleep recovery that was needed! LOL
I was surprised, and very interested, to know that they sold everything that they owned: Car, house, contents, etc, and all that they had left of their life, fits into two suitcases. I was impressed.
Since the time of hearing that story, I think of how simple that sounds: No car. No car insurance. No repairs. No homeowners association dues. No nada! It sounds blissful, actually. I suppose that I could imagine living with the few things that I own, including a laptop and a camera or two, of course, as necessities! I mean, really, how much do we actually need to live? I’m not proposing an ascetic lifestyle, but I sometimes wonder how much I could simplify and still remain comfortable/satisfied. I also met another guy, on a morning walk, who lives just outside of SMA in a small 1 bedroom apt for $200/month. He walks everywhere he goes and has little of nothing but his time. He sells photographs in one of the local parks, on Saturdays, to tourists.
I enjoyed meeting these two and I will follow them as the year goes on read whenever Will writes on his blog, The KW Tour. Their next stops are Ecuador and then Vienna, if I remember correctly. Perhaps Will will stop by and fill in the blanks for us and tell us how it’s been living so simply.