I have been working the last couple weeks on editing my debt blog into an e-book. It has been three years since I started that blog and almost two years since it ended, and it’s interesting to see how my priorities have shifted since then. The shift actually began while I was doing the work of digging myself out of debt.
I used to talk about working toward a new car, a bigger apartment, and maybe a house one day. Now I’m working on getting rid of my car, as well as everything I own, and I have no desire to ever own a home. I don’t know if I really wanted those things, or if I was just going the direction I thought I should as an adult, but I am going in a direction now that feels more authentic.
This is a little embarrassing to admit, but rereading my old blog has motivated me to think more seriously about my finances again. I am already doing the things I want to be doing–working less, writing more, and traveling as much as possible–but I think I can be doing it better. This afternoon, I listened to the Anthony Edwards episode of the Nerdist podcast, and he talked about traveling and the way it changes your attitude toward the excesses of American culture. I get excited when I am reminded of things like this; I want to run home and give away more of my things and figure out how to leave the country again as soon as possible.
It’s such a cool feeling when your priorities start to click into place, and you find yourself working toward them not because you think you should, but because you truly want to. Living with less allows me to travel more. Minimalism has infected all of my thought, so that I find myself less distracted and more concentrated on real productivity. In a philosophical sense, I feel like I’m getting closer to some lower-case truths. Not universals: what’s right for me.