Adult life brings its disappointments:
- £100, it turns out, is not a fortune.
- Going to bed at any time you like, means going to bed at a sensible time unless you want to feel like the living dead.
- You don’t have space for a self-sufficient small holding in an average suburban garden.
I doubt I’m the only British 40-something year old who watched The Good Life as a child and thought it was not only funny but also a blooming good idea.
Having been rewatching the first couple of series a quarter of a century later my sensibilities have shifted a little (yeah, only a little). I see now, that there wasn’t enough space, the pigs in particular had the fictional existence of a sardine.
I know this thanks to the glut of self-sufficiency and Downshifting books and websites that have become available in the last few years (I should review a few sometime). All of which contain advice which seems to be fine as long as you have a lot of time and space at your disposal. Which gets me to my, albeit downbeat, thought for the day. Can you downshift if you don’t have capital? No Good life for the most of us perhaps. But at least we can make the best of what we have… time to embrace the OK Life?