One Life One Bag – More or less

Birth of a blog

Why is it.

In order to get the ball rolling and to tie myself down to actually committing to ’this’ I started off with a pretty perfunctory overview of what the blog was really about. Now with a bit more time this is an attempt to set out a bit of a map of where this journey is going to take me. As I alluded to in my first post it is really a dry run, a practice, I am also trying to pull together all the different strands that I have been contemplating. I really have no idea where this will take me and it is somewhat daunting as it will take me far outside my comfort zone. Stepping out of the channel of ‘normal’ life is challenging as all around you don’t necessarily understand what or why you are doing it. I do see this as a fluid and ever changing experience. Not that this is a temporary occurrence but like many temporary things in life they can become more permanent. This reminds me of a saying a work colleague had that went along the lines of “nothing as permanent as temporary”. In order to be able to adapt quickly one has to move quickly. Who knows how the current political climate will effect travel but there is always a way.

Having seen the better part of life from the contents of a suitcase living out of one bag may not be as restrictive as one first suspects. I have never really settled anywhere and I am not sure if that is to do with moving at an early age or whether it is because I naturally have nomadic tendencies. I have always struggled with the grass is greener syndrome. But for many reasons stuck to what was expected. I now realised that I missed out on quite a few experiences that should have been taken. However the past is in the past. What matters is now and how choices are made. A long time ago I watched “The Dice-man” with my best mate thinking that would be a great way to live. Now with some time to look back it probably wouldn’t have been the best idea. I have thought about incorporating it in a limited way. The idea of chance and randomness appeals and certainly make for more interesting decisions.

However I now want to experience life from some different angles and in order to do this there must be no ballast.

What is it

I have started to downsize my possessions and am using the three pile rule; keep, assess and chuck. This is really to work out what I really want to keep. Although I am going to have one bag I plan to have maybe one to two boxes of items that I will store with family. These are for the things I really don’t want to part with but don’t want to take on my journey. They will be there for when I settle. As you can see from the pic there is not a huge amount of stuff compared to what I have even three years ago. I am also trying to employ the daily T1TC1T rule too. This stands for “tidy one thing, chuck one thing” and is something I dreamt up. There are a multitude of practitioners in the art of downsizing and living intentionally and I have taken bits from here and there in order to make my own plan. This helps me to keep focused on the task in small but consistent steps.

One of the things that I am finding about planning and researching this is that I am excited about these ideas that are springing. New things keep popping into my head. All of which get noted down on a sticky and filed for later even if I think they are foolish. I have to try and be focused as the tendency is to go off on tangents and not complete whats started. Some of the ideas to explore include:-

Camping & Caravanning

Small Living

Live aboard boat life

Van Life

Alternative Living

Backpacking

Tiny houses

Obviously not all of these can be done at the same time but I wont to see if I can experience as much of it as I can. I also want to travel to far flung places. It was no were near as common to travel when I was growing up and i missed out on a lot of the gap year and backpacking culture that is really normal now. But as I sit writing this I think of all the sites, blogs, channels that have and are documenting there journeys and think is it worth documenting my story. The point is that every story is unique and mine will be too. I am not doing this with any expectation apart from hoping to show that life is truly what you make it. Trust me I have wasted far too much time in search of the something I didn’t really want. But now with this blog it’s all about to change. I am not launching off into the unknown.

When is it

At the moment I am just putting ideas together for mini testing purposes. However I am thinking about a couple of short trips in the new year to try out my ideas. I need to accumulate some kit and liquidise unwanted possessions but the need to do this on a low if not minimum budget is a test and also fun. Winter is a time of hibernation but that wont stop me as ultimately this path will lead me to some exposed living.

So until the next time..

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