I mean, come on. Who likes to wake up in a picturesque tiny home so you’ll be forced to go out of your veranda (which is fabricated in front of a majestic sunrise) to the view of the lush orange trees rolling out from a distant? Oh, and not to mention having to savour the aroma of a perfectly home brewed coffee while listening to the sound of the birds chirping and the stream flowing nearby? Well for me, that is nothing much like living the life as if you are in a summer of 1958. But only it’s not.
*plays Percy Faith’s theme from A Summer Place*
Just like everyone else, I used to put it into my future goals to get myself a red brick apartment in New York City and live with a lovable Siamese cat that loves me back. But as I grow maturely each year, living in a city doesn’t quite take my best interest anymore at all! What I want now is to go to Salzburg in Austria, or Northern Italy or perhaps South of France – sing Edelweiss and drink the freshest red wine in the whole world. More importantly, I just want to live a simple and peaceful life.
A big change of heart, I guess?
I know for a fact that most of us, we kinda grew up with our parents or teachers telling us that the true picture of success is to live in a huge house in a big city — you know what I mean. But somewhere along my 20s, I learned how to keep clean, understandable and easy. I want to live a kind of life where I know how to think that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Now I don’t want a big house or a fancy car anymore. I don’t even want to climb on a corporate ladder in order for me to get a promotion that will make me rich by the time I reach the age of 64. All I want is to leave the buzz of the city and move to somewhere calmer: a sparsely populated outskirt.
I want to deep dive into a life that is balanced and meaningful. I want to live a life that is holistic, timeless and based on ancient wisdom and spirituality. Somewhere calm where I get to see the trees that I plant grow into marvelous towering works of nature. I want to take good care of different kinds of flowers and probably grow my own food organically. Settle in a kind of place where you know all your neighbors because they are your good friends. Where you don’t need to wake up early to catch the bus on a manic morning because you are living in miles away from that.
I want a tiny house filled with books and windows so there’s no way I will complain about being bored. Wifi is a plus too because I still want to be socially connected if that’s possible. Then I will have a bike instead of a Chevrolet El Camino and go around town amid the sun-drenched splendor wonderfully flawed pavement to get myself the most delicious slice of chocolate cake of the country side. Maybe I’ll bike some more while jamming Top of the World by the Carpenters. There won’t be offices around so I will get myself a job on a farm because why not work on a farm? After all, I’ve been always interested in agriculture so it’s gonna be the best of both worlds for me.
I’m positive that my soul will be worry-free by just imagining having all those thoughts. And I am not comparing apples to oranges here okay? Just like what my kindred spirit has to say, it’s not the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.
Photos from the 2017 film Call Me By Your Name