Last weekend I took my second ever plane to Seattle to visit one of my wonderful friends. She and I lived together in college and the second I hopped into her car, it was like we were gallivanting around Bloomington again. Nothing between us has changed, and for that I am grateful.
We explored Pike Place, wandered around the beautiful city and shamefully drank 7-Eleven gas station coffee (but later redeemed ourselves with awesome and unusual coffee from actual Seattle favorites – I got a cardamom latte from Victrola Coffee and I imagine that’s what heaven’s coffee might taste like). We visited the Fremont Troll and ate enough late-night Velveeta (our college favorite) to last us a lifetime. I can’t even begin to express how refreshing it was to get out of town and to see her lovely face. And to do our relentless, loud Arnold Schwarzenegger impressions together again.
But this trip had me thinking more about what I want out of my life, and I realized that nesting in Indiana forever is not my calling. While I love the Midwest (I find it charming and welcoming, and I can’t lie – I love these chilly, bare-tree November days), I can’t imagine myself living here every single day for the rest of my life.
My fiance and I still need to get our affairs settled (you know, the whole “I’ll change my name and we’ll both get rings and then let’s party” deal) and determine where we really want to go, why, and how we’re going to get there. But someday I want to wander around this country and see everything I’ve missed these past 23 years. I want to go west of the Mississippi again (last weekend was my very first time crossing that great river).
So decreasing my need for material things has a new perk: I don’t have to be tied down. I don’t want to be tied down to matching dish sets and fine china, or tied down to nice furniture and expensive, massive electronics. I don’t even want to be tied down to books or to extra pillows. I love my rabbits more than anything, but even they tie me down a bit (but that is a commitment I can live with).
So for you all either living a simple lifestyle or considering one, where would you go if you weren’t tied down? Would you leave this country or explore more of your neighboring states?