Yesterday I had soup for lunch. Today could be the same. It’s a holiday here in Germany and the super market was closed. I’ve only got soup and tuna in the house and no cash to order some take-out. The restaurants don’t take plastic, I don’t think. I guess I could check now but I’m in the hammock and don’t want to get out. I’m youtubin some news and also real time with bill maher from last night which was pretty funny.
I don’t eat out as much as I used to, probably because I wanted to save a bit of money and eat healthier. I could afford to keep eating out so much but I do it enough still so it’s not much of a sacrifice. Also, if Franziska is gonna make her spaghetti bolognese once a week, who needs to eat out?
My point is, that I’m very clear in telling people that my great life ain’t very high rollin. I get to travel a lot, but it’s in a way that many 34-year olds wouldn’t do. I’m not necessarily proud of myself for being able to survive the little hardships but somehow it makes me stronger and easier to satisfy. Travelling through poor parts of the world has made me easier to please. I have a simple room in a rundown apartment that is loud but it’s got some very nice energy here so I’m happy with it. I’m not gonna be rich doing what I do but with just a little effort I’ll always have enough. I like that I’ve kept my life simple, namely:
- no debt, credit card or otherwise
- low monthly costs – I need about 1000 euros/month to pay for everything. I make that in a week sometimes, so the income:monthly costs ratio is pretty good.
- not too many possessions, and having less, occasionally even giving clothes and things away feels good, reminds me that I have more than enough.
- no car – that’s huge because it’s no car payment and no insurance and gas, that would be hundreds of euros/month added to the monthly budget.
- My clothes aren’t new. I have some new jeans and t-shirts but the clothes that are in my closet, most of it I’ve had for a few years now but I like them. My fashion is a bit more timeless and it shifts a little bit over time. I don’t buy expensive clothes or shoes either.
I know, many people live like that but they have to. And that’s what I’m saying. Some people can’t understand why I would “live this way” if I don’t have to. And I guess my answer to them is, well, I’m satisfied with this. I could have more later when it was more important to me but for now this is fine. I love not having to keep up with the Joneses.
All right, i’m gonna check the Chinese menu.
ps Please feel how momentous this time is in our lives, the weekend before the election, there is magic in the air…