We’ve got to cut the extraneous out of our lives, and we’ve got to learn to stem the inflow. We need to think before we buy. Ask ourselves, ‘Is that really going to make me happier? Truly? ~ Graham Hill ~
Today’s Ted Talk is inspired by a few observations, conversations and emails I’ve had with people considering a move to Panama.
By my observation Panameños live quite simply. In our area of the Azuero we are surrounded by fishermen, farmers and laborers; unassuming people with modest needs. As more North Americans and Europeans move in building larger homes they search for more “stuff” to fill these homes. We have a modest home by North American standards and we don’t have a lot of the luxuries that some of the grand manses have. I’d like to think that we fall somewhere in the middle. We have some nice “stuff” with which to live our everyday lives and things that make life easier. Still, we’ve managed to clear out even more “stuff” since we’ve moved here.
Urban eco-idealists have a philosophy of living where they take all but the basics out of their environment. The aims are to get back to fundamentals, surround themselves with only the things that really matter and have less to worry about. A growing number of people are seriously changing the space they live in, and one of the most well-known of these is Canadian Graham Hill. His big idea is to live small. Take a look at the Ted Talk this week and then ask yourself if there is some small way in which you can simplify your space and so your life.