My Dream Of Living In A Tiny House
I have never considered myself to be the type of person with a plan. I, admittedly, dread being asked about where I see myself in the next five to ten years. My mind usually goes blank, and I completely freeze up when I am faced with this question. The fact is, it’s honestly impossible for me to think that far ahead in time. Lately, I have found that it is much easier to take each day as it comes. Life is incredibly unpredictable, which is why I would rather sit back, enjoy the ride, and see where it takes me.
The goals that I have set for myself are simple, yet unconventional. Many people my age aspire to start a family or already have. They dream of traveling to far away destinations or are planning their next big career move. Although these are all wonderful ambitions, my focus has always been elsewhere. My dream is to prove the doubters wrong. The ones who believed that my disability would keep me from living independently. I dream of living a modest, happy life where I am able to overcome my battle with anxiety. These dreams have fueled an even larger goal of mine. My dream is to live in my very own tiny home.
I have learned that even the smallest house can be a home – Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau, author and major historical figure of Transcendentalism, is an early pioneer of the tiny house movement. In 1854, Thoreau published Walden, a documentation of his experience on Walden Pond in Massachusetts. He constructed a 150-square-foot cabin within the woods and lived there for over two years. I visited Walden Pond twice during high school and I remember how fascinated I had been with Thoreau’s quest for a simpler life. I stepped inside a replica of the original structure and was mesmerized by the idea that one man could live in such a small space. I hadn’t realized it then, but I would eventually desire a similar lifestyle as well.
Tiny house living is certainly not for everyone. Most people strive to upgrade the size of their living space, not to downsize to just a few hundred square feet. Owning a tiny home would mean simplifying your life in more ways than one. The first, and most obvious, is having less area to work with. As a person with quite a few physical limitations, I find this particular aspect of a tiny home to be extremely ideal. Downsizing in living space also means that there will be fewer places for storage. This would force you to simplify your possessions. So, if you just cannot part ways with an old pair of shoes that aren’t getting much love anymore, owning a tiny house might not be for you.