When the sun rises each morning, we have the same choice we have every morning. Shall we continue this way, or not?
Most of us choose to continue on. What else is there to do? I am no exception. We find safety in the same old routines, the same haircut, the same job, etc. But what if we did choose a different path? What would happen?
Below are some of my favorite people who actually found out what would happen:
Jay Wilde of Ashburne, Derbyshire decided he couldn’t bear to keep dairy farming, stating: “We stopped producing dairy because it was so arduous. To take the cow’s milk, you have to separate her from her calf. That is really difficult.
“Obviously, the cows get very upset when they are separated. It takes them a long time to get over. Farmers usually try to keep the calves well away from the cows so after separation they can’t communicate back and forth and prolong the agony.”
Jay gave his 59 cows to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary, and will now use his farm to grown crops for human consumption.
“For us, it all started with a lingering discontent. A few years ago, while approaching age 30, we had achieved everything that was supposed to make us happy: great six-figure jobs, luxury cars, oversized houses, and all the stuff to clutter every corner of our consumer-driven lifestyles.
And yet with all that stuff, we weren’t satisfied with our lives. We weren’t happy. There was a gaping void, and working 70–80 hours a week just to buy more stuff didn’t fill the void: it only brought more debt, stress, anxiety, fear, loneliness, guilt, overwhelm, and depression.
What’s worse, we didn’t have control of our time, and thus didn’t control our own lives. So, in 2010, we took back control using the principles of minimalism to focus on what’s important. (Read about our 21-day journey into minimalism.)”
When you wake up tomorrow, ask yourself that same question about taking the road less traveled. Maybe you are on the right path for you, and everything is working out. Or maybe it’s time to do a general life inventory and plan to make some changes.