It’s the question on everyone’s mind but few are brave enough to ask out loud. Heck, it was the biggest question on my mind from the moment we made the decision to give up most of our possessions, move out of our house and into our RV until we just made the leap to do it and find out for ourselves!
It’s been interesting to experience the different responses from others when we tell them our family gave up our house by choice to live small. MUCH smaller.
These are a few of the widely varied responses we get:
- “Oh that’s awesome!”
- “Really? But why?”
- “That is my DREAM!”
- There’s always the “Oh I feel so bad for you” look on the faces of a few. To which I always want to say, “PLEASE don’t waste emotional energy feeling sorry for me.”
- And then sometimes there’s the response I probably respect the most, “I’m not sure I could do it, but I think it’s really amazing you’re just doing it.”
- “Is it possible to live small and be happy?”
The later is the question I would like to address.
“There’s something in our soul that longs for the freedom to be okay with not pursuing more, doing more, being more.” – Don Miller
So I was going to make a bullet point list of all the reasons why I believe it’s actually a bit easier to be happy living in a small space but then again I realized it doesn’t need that kind of explanation.
Happiness is not found in the size of your house, the size of your bank account or the size of your professional portfolio. Happiness is found only within. People who live small by choice tend to choose this way of life because they are already happy people and removing the clutter from their lives gives them the freedom to stay that way.
There is pure joy to be found in a simple, uncomplicated life. And of course you don’t have to live in a RV to accomplish a more simple, smaller life.
There is something freeing about not being tied down to an object made of bricks and mortar and a thirty year mortgage.
There is something wonderful about having the time and the freedom to spend afternoons wondering down winding trails, swimming in mountain lakes and starry nights around a campfire.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with living large either. It’s all in having balanced motives and perspectives on life. And I guess there will always be those who view the choice to live a small life as less of a life. But in fact, I know plenty of people who live large on the outside and have pathetically small lives on the inside.
And maybe there are some who know us who are waiting for us to come speeding back into our hometown admitting, “Oh we HATE IT. Can we just have our normal, good life back!!!!”
And maybe one day this season of our lives we end and we’ll decide to build a little house of our own and settle down in one spot again. We honestly don’t know and we truly aren’t worrying about it.
But I can guarantee one thing, when the day comes for us to give up our small life on the road for a more “normal” one (whatever the heck that means) it certainly won’t be because our quality of life was better before small life.
At the end of this journey we will all be so very grateful for our time we learned to find true happiness from the simplicity of life itself, not in things.
And if “normal” is the same life most everyone else in American has, with all respect, “no thank you.”
Honestly, I don’t think our family will ever be the same. We will be better for the living small and the being happy and realizing that it wasn’t a sad chore for the opportunity in time to come to this realization –
It was a gift.
So, can you life small and be happy? It depends! Because happiness has little to nothing do with the size of your home or the amount of one’s possessions.
But I can tell you this, I meet more happy people living in tiny spaces than I ever met in any normal, American neighborhood.
“Little home, big life.”
What are some of the reasons you believe it’s possible to live small and be happy? Comment below.