A 10 year experience of Downshifting a lifestyle
How have things been? Success or Failure?
In many ways I'm now not 'a Downshifter' has such, I am living the result of a downshifting decision I made ten years ago.
The fear is that if you don't it's going to be a very difficult thing to reverse the decision and go back to whatever life you had before and I believe that's what probably kept me going in some of the times I had feeling a little lost and a bit of a failure.
My downshifting hasn't been simply moving from one job to another 'single venture'. By that I mean I didn't leave what I was doing for a particular work or lifestyle. In a way it was a bit 'hippyish', a kind of 'well, I'll do gardening work and see what comes about'.
This in hindsight was a terrible risk to take and for the first two years I lost the money and had the frame of mind that by some stroke of luck something would come along and I'd be OK. That didn't happen and the lesson I learnt was quite simply 'you get back what you put in' so I got up and looked for any work rather than sit around sulking in the belief the work would come to me.
I found my slot if you like to call it that. I was extremely lucky (although I tend to believe there's no such thing as luck), I got a Summer job at the Cricket Club which suited me because it was same hours, same days every week, it was when there's a match and a few days around that.
So, ten years in and I think I can make a pretty good and reasonably honest list of the bigger things I've experienced and learnt along the way.
If you run out of money half way through the month and you pay the bills at the end of the month, there isn't a pay cheque coming - you've got to find the money.
I could list a hundred thins but basically it all lays in the fact that you become your own Boss, not only in work but in life as well and it's the latter that explains a downshifting move the most I think.
I don't see my life now as a downshifters life, I see it as this is my life now, I've learn to adapt to it, I see more of my family, I still live in the same house and eat the same amount of food, well better food actually because most of it's produced by me!
The one thing I do watch out for now is age, it's getting one year more every year and you know that certain things about yourself can't last forever, so I tend to find myself thinking about the future possibly more than I would if I had a 'proper job'.
But all in all, it's been good, I can speed up or slow down to either my personal needs or financial needs.
There's a sense of challenge and achievement, you pick yourself up when things are down and most of all have a better appreciation for what's around both nature and personal wise.
A Downshifter Day
and at play
When you start to abandoning your old beliefs or values... you may be stuck at the threshold for two or three years. Before moving on, you have to clear away your cherished beliefs."
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.