Today I came across an article about a man who actually lives without money. I am always fascinated by people like this. They turn what society says people must do, into things that aren't necessary. Like the author, I am rather spoiled by hot water on demand, AC in the car, and the occasional batch of Chinese food being delivered. Could I live like Mr Suelo in the article? If necessary, most anyone could. Would I do it by choice. No. But the takeaway for everyone who reads this article and Mr Suelo's blog are many:
- You can live however you want.
- You don't need to live in a house, an apartment, or even a tent.
- You don't need to be in debt.
- You don't need to work.
- You don't need to spend money if you don't want to.
- You can actually live off the land (but your diet, your clothing, and your lifestyle will probably be significantly different that your current consumerist lifestyle).
- You don't need electricity, running water, a TV, a refrigerator, or other things that people feel are "must have" items to survive.
- You don't need to act "normal" or what society at large considers "normal". (IMHO when you look at a group of "high class executives" their behavior is often anything BUT normal--buying stuff not because they want it but to impress others, working 18 hours a day and completely ignoring their families, etc).
- You do need an open mind to live like this gentleman. Unfortunately our minds start closing (mine included) around junior high school. From then on we follow a path of what is expected of us. The more open we are to the wide range of possibilities available to us, the more possibilities we find.