Have you watched the film “It Could Happen To You”? I can’t remember how long ago it was I watched it but it was before the 2008 recession, in the days when I was actively working towards goals I didn’t want because I thought it was what I should work towards.
The film stars Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda. He is a police officer and she is a waitress.
After watching it my mind began to wonder whether life would be easier if instead of focusing on working towards being a millionaire (which is what I had convinced myself I wanted at the time) with all the trappings, I lived life locally instead.
I ate local food. I supported local causes. I spent my time making a difference to local people. I fell in love with and maybe married a local person.
But I dismissed the notion because it all seemed a little simple to me. My heart could think of nothing better but my head decided it was just too basic. After all, aren’t we meant to fund raise to build a school in a developing country? Or want to trek the highest peak of a mountain? Maybe plan to retire on a yacht or own our own plane?
If we don’t want to do all of this, doesn’t it mean we have a “limited mind” – because if we can attract everything we desire shouldn’t we desire everything in huge expensive quantities?
Isn’t that what we are taught through the law of attraction or did I get it wrong in my head?
I remember reading…. “If you are going to attract a house it takes as much energy to attract a tiny one as it does a castle, so why focus on a tiny house?”
Deep down, the truth is, I didn’t really want big anyway.
I have never liked flashy anything so why I believed it was worth working towards I really don’t know. A big house, a big car, a bank full of millions. I really believed happiness lied in working towards all of that type of thing.
Perhaps it is the introvert in me, but I have always loved simple things and keeping things simple.
The gifts my children made for me rather than the ones they bought from a shop.
Having three or four good friends rather than knowing and having to keep up with a larger bunch of people.
Owning a small house with a large plot of land rather than a massive house in a swanky area.
I began to wonder if just finding someone with a local job/business and getting myself a local job (or running my own business) then living a local life would be far more appealing.
I don’t know the answer to that question because right now, as I write this, I am a nomad without an address. Having released myself from the need for more thanks to my campervan, I haven’t settled in any particular place but I have started to think it might be time in 2022.
My heart is moving towards finding a local place, growing my own and buying local food, supporting the local school (volunteer netball team coach driver perhaps?) or animal shelter and generally building a community of friends who live locally.
My mind believes I will be bored within a few months.
Sometimes I really wish the two of them would agree on something.
Do you enjoy living life locally or do you spend your time on the go? Maybe a combination of the two (my preference)? Let me know.