I was talking to a friend the other day as I have been keeping him up to date on our crazy saga. He made a wise observation that many people just want to own a home and live in it. They don’t dream of event filled weekends, travel abroad, and experience filled vacations. Many simply dream of owning a house and watching football every Sunday.
Within the minimalist crowd, I may be more accepted as normal. But in the average consumerist family, we are far from normal. The truth is, I no longer want to be part of that “normal.” We want to live within our means, not spend on credit, take vacations that are fun, and create meaningful memories.
I cannot fathom a life where my daughter grows up seeing me watch sports or other pointless TV all weekend, every weekend. I want my daughter to grow up remembering that we did something fun each and every weekend. I want her to remember family trips to fun locations. I want her to have a childhood full of experiences.
I’m not willing to give all that up just so we can have our house in the suburbs. Life is about more than owning a house. Home ownership is not the Holy Grail it is made out to be.
To us, the Holy Grail is a lifetime of experiences. It is doing things that create memories. It is about trying new things and seeing new places. It is about living life rather than passively sitting through it.