October 22, 2012 in Minimalist Tips
Back when we decided to start adopting minimalism and really cleaning out the house I felt crazy. When I started homeschooling I felt crazy. When we take off on camping road trips for weeks I feel crazy. It isn’t just me, I get the crazy look from lots of people who I tell about these things as we go along. For the most part the ‘crazy look‘ isn’t a negative thing (I think), it is just different… a different they maybe hadn’t thought of.
I thought all these things were crazy when I first started but now I have met so many other like minded people, and I have lived these ideas for a while. I can now say that none of these things are near as crazy as they might seem. None of them are that big of a deal to do. It isn’t near the HUGE undertaking it initially looks like. In fact it seems so common and un-exciting that sometimes I have a hard time blogging about it at all.
Our minimalism looks crazy or extreme when I compare it to the way I grew up thinking, people I know and live around, advertising, and even a large majority of the population. But now that I have met so many more minimalists it seems like a pretty normal way of life.
The homeschooling was something I never really considered until my kids started learning so much on their own and I couldn’t find a good school solution for them when it came time to start. Don’t get me wrong, there were good school options, but none that matched or fit them. Now that I have been homeschooling for several years, met many other homeschoolers, read books, met people on line, learned of so many methods, it doesn’t seem crazy or different at all. There might be a minimalist community, but the homeschool community is huge now. In almost any populated area you can find others homeschooling already.
As far as road trips? Their aren’t many people doing them now for long distances or without the big campers, but heading out on one is the way to find them. We camped in Washington DC by an older couple (not old, but probably with grown kids) that were from Washington state, also traveling with a tent and a Prius. We find someone in almost every campsite we stay at of different ages, from different places, all wandering kinda like us.
What is your ‘crazy’ way of life that you are wanting to adopt?
There is a good chance it isn’t all that crazy either, and there are probably lots of other people who have beat you too it and figured it out. There is also a good chance that taking the huge leap, when looking back, won’t seem like a huge leap after all.