The world revolves around money. As much as you would like to think it doesn’t, it actually does!
Go for a walk, you and your friend buy a drink after. Sit down for an extended chat, you buy a coffee. Go for a drive, you need to fill your car up with petrol. Don’t drive, no worries- jump on public transport and you need to buy a ticket. Call a friend or family member, you have a phone bill to pay… Needless to say, I don’t need to remind you of your outgoing expenses, you get the picture.
I’ve been in denial before about a lot of things. One of things I refuse to believe is that everything costs money. Money does, after all, make the world go round. Without it, we would be living in a society worse off than a third world country. Our health would be poor and as a result of bad health, our lifespan would fall short by a number of years. Today, we are lucky! My partner and I are extremely lucky enough to live in a western world and have all of the luxurious items our hearts and imaginations desire. The only problem is, if you are a Gen Y baby like us, money doesn’t grow on trees and the cost of living is enormous. Especially if you choose to live in the city. I dream of these trees. I picture one hundred dollar notes flapping about in the wind and when they are ripe enough to fall, they drift through the air escaping everyone else’s clasp and gently come to rest in my hand. Yeah right! I’m definitely dreaming.
Anyway, the relevance of this to the lifestyle we live means that it can sometimes be hard to afford the things we want. Sometimes we don’t even get what we want. And sometimes we just wind up wishing, wanting and waiting for the rest of lives. This isn’t something Bart and I are prepared to do. We want these things now and we are going to make it happen. The only hurdle we need to overcome, is money. We don’t have the money nor do we want to borrow the money from the bank. Both of us work in stable jobs with a fair income. Our salary is above the minimum wage, however it is hard to save whilst trying to live. When I say ‘live’, we aren’t going to transform ourselves to a cocoon and attach to a tree then wait until we flourish; we are going to flourish now. Healthy meals is a must and we will continue to eat these daily, have date nights and go on road trips. Nothing is going to change for us, the only difference is where most of our ‘downtime’ is spent. Downtime for us, will now be spent trolling local advertisements, garage sales, gumtree, op shops and bric-a-brac stores. What we find, will be used to build our castle on the hill.
Bart’s block that he purchased a few years ago is the perfect place for us to escape the weekly grind and focus our attention on building a future place of residence (perhaps our retirement home). In between planning, it allows time for reflection, relaxation and rejuvenation. It is, as previously described ‘heaven on earth’.
Plans have been submitted to the local council and now we play the waiting game. In the meantime, we continue to rummage through our downtime.