PORTLAND, Oregon // We made it all the way to the west coast. It has not been the fastest, but rather the most circuitous way possible. We have stopped to visit family, friends, and family of friends that are more than 3 degrees of separation from people that we actually know. This has been awesome, as some people we met are actually related to us, but we haven't seen them in over 10 years.
Along with this, we have been living essentially out of our car - Stardust. This is a substantial upgrade to living out of a backpack and traveling through Asia. Furthermore, most of the places we have stayed at are unique minimalist houses listed online, that we have booked from 1 to 4 days.
When I lived in NYC, my first apartment was 360 square feet. Most people consider this small, but it was perfect for me, and I loved the place. Now, the tiny houses that we are staying in are no more than 200 square feet. These places prove to be even excessive for what we really need, and after living on the road, makes me wonder why we need so much space in the first place.
This idea, and actually living it on a variety of different occasions, makes me question how much I really need in life, what I need in life, and what is excess. Is this excess something that is unnecessary? If this is unnecessary why would I waste my precious time to consume something that is unneeded in the first place. In life, time is the most precious resource, paramount to everything except maybe health. If this resource is wasted on something that is not needed in the end, why devote time and energy pursuing something that can not bring me new happiness?
Maybe my thoughts will change over time, and I am sure they will. I believe coloring the picture outside the lines sometimes makes you think of life in a different light, determining what you really want and need, and how much time you spend in life trying to achieve something in which the end goal is not even necessary. The tiny houses put things in perspective for us.