Back to the land.
For the past few weeks, I have been researching the politics, technological advances, and true crime of the mid-1970s for a short fiction story I’m working on that takes place around this time.
In the process, I also happened to stumble across a couple of unexpected stories about the counterculture of the mid-1970s. The common theme within all these narratives is a desire for a simpler life.
While I am not in the position right now to go off the grid in the traditional sense, I’ve started to think about what “going back to the land” might look like within my current reality.
I am seeking out similar community and connection in my online spaces as well. More than I’m interested in the next life-changing gadget or course, I want to feel seen by people whom I respect and resonate with.
I have also tried to bring more simplicity into the way that I eat, my daily routine, and how I practice self-care. Fortunately, years of travel means that I’m not one to accumulate a lot of material possessions so I don’t have a ton of work to do in that space.
Additionally, as I rework my business model after quitting marketing, it’s becoming clearer to me that what I want long-term might involve running a writer’s residency and retreat centre somewhere sunny and remote.
As I continue to work towards doing work that is both meaningful to me and impactful to others, I am going to be checking for whether or not something will bring more simplicity or complexity into my life.
And I’ll choose to focus on what’s simple. Which doesn’t necessarily mean easy. It just means that I’m clearer on what matters to me and the people I want to serve.
So where are you hungry for simplicity in your life?