For me, this is very tempting at the moment. It just goes against everything I’ve been taught to look for in life. A person without a fulltime job cannot be serious. Yet for me time is the biggest luxury of all. Time to garden, meditate, spend time with loved ones,hike, enjoy life!!! I don’t want to start enjoying life at 70. Life is now.
In the past years, I’ve managed to diminish consumption a lot. I only go shopping for food every month. I buy clothes 2 times a year, with maybe a budget of 300$, when i do not exchange cllothe with friends. The rest is useful stuff (shovel, string, etc.) or car maintenance. I spend less than 4000$ a year, rent excluded. Our land will be paid next year, so next fall no more rent! Water is from a source, just electricity left.
I live in a very friendly and open community and we exchange a lot with neighbors. One day my husband goes to help one with cutting their wood and another time this neighbor will come to help us with digging a ditch. Mutual help. Impulsive, heartfelt, with no strings attached. This helps diminishes a lot of costs and it is humanly priceless.
So, circumstances around me are making this choice of life accessible. Why is it so hard to let go and dive?
It sounds as though you are satisfied with your life and have everything well put together. If working the four months makes you feel as though you are making a needed contribution, then proceed with that plan. Your neighborhood sounds wonderful!
I completely agree with on the why start at 70! If your in a position to only work 4 months a year then I say go for it! If for some reason your not happy with that you can always go back to working more. Myself......I have reached the point in my life where I would have no problem not working. My husband will retire in about a year and a half. I’m still way too young for retirement. But......if he wants me to I definately will. He wants to travel on the bike alot and that would be hard to do with me still working.
I agree with everything the other gals have said.
I haven’t worked full time in years. At my regular job, I work only 3 days a week. I do not have a high standard of living, but I am perfectly happy and have plenty of time to give to my community.
If that’s what makes you happy, go for it!!!!!