Just a few years ago we would never have considered living in an apartment. We had moved beyond apartment living and into single family home ownership. After moving up we decided apartment living was beneath us. We were big shot home owners and were a class above apartment dwellers. It’s the same stereotype that haunts us now after consciously choosing to cut back our lifestyle, sell our home, and move into an apartment.
Our new minimum standard had been home ownership, and that standard limited our possibilities. It limited our time as the house required maintenance, upkeep, and cleaning. It limited our money as it cost money for an expensive mortgage, and to keep it maintained and pay for utilities. It limited our ability to move as it is an expensive and time consuming process to sell one house and buy another. All these things limited our ability to do many of the things we loved to do, like travel, visit theme parks, and go on cruises.
Today I stumbled across a blog about a guy that lives in a utility trailer. This is the kind of trailer that you typically see on a construction site hauling building materials and tools, or being towed behind your local lawn service truck transporting lawn mowers and such. He calls it the Stealth Trailer. He modified a standard trailer to include some of the comforts of home, including a bed, TV, and air conditioner, but from the outside you wouldn’t know that someone could be living in it.
For most of us, this is below our standards. Heck, even for me it would likely be below my standards as my standards require a toilet and shower that don’t necessitate a trip outside. But those standards limit the possibilities. He is able to travel across our wonderful country taking in all there is to see and do. He is free to take jobs wherever they may be. He can also live on a smaller salary, making it possible to select jobs that he enjoys. Living in this manner really opens up a lot of possibilities.
This is a good time to consider your standards. Are they set to high? What possibilities are your standards getting in the way of? Would lowering your standards open up some possibilities you’ve been dreaming of?