After an amicable visit with my dad for an exchange of groceries and home-grown fruits, I was left with a little advice:
“You should start downsizing soon so you don’t miss out on opportunities”
Immediately, I agreed with him. I mean, who can argue that a house full of pets doesn’t tie you down? But then my true spirit kicked in and I knew deep down that nothing he ever had to say on the matter could change my desires.
Simply put, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything in life. In fact, I believe the fish room and hobby is creating more opportunity than diminishing. So what if I can’t study abroad or vacation for extended periods? I am not even slightly bothered, really. When I do a little soul-searching.
I have had a tendency to go overboard with my hobbies, I admit. I keep more fish than most people find sane and I always want more. I don’t act on those impulses and I have decent control of the situation. But the outsider judges all too quickly that I’m crazy and need to change my ways. They don’t say this, I just see it in their eyes. I see it in the way they proceed to live differently in the name of normalcy. I also see that nothing I am doing is hurting my pursuit of happiness nor theirs. So why do I need to downsize?
What if I’m settled in and I am content with life…..wouldn’t most people say “more power to ya” if that’s the context? I am young. But I have never wavered in my desires. I have never fallen out of this phase. I am convinced I need not seek to complicate my current set up for anticipated travels. To be honest, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.