Living the Life of Luxury
By Ansley Ray
I just returned to my 16×24 log cabin, with loft, in Montana. We have no electricity or running water and wood heat only. For one week, I was in a modern condominium with all the conveniences, even wifi. Now a person might think I am sad to return to the cabin. That I would miss running water, power, the television. I find it a relief. I have lived in the modern world before, running the rapid race, with a cellphone glued to my head. I left that world on purpose. I felt I was dying in it. I enjoy the quiet solitude of an electronic wave free home. The peace of knowing that I do not depend on the system. Now, when I first unplugged, there were the usual questions to be excepted in the modern world. Have you lost your mind? You really do not mind an outhouse? What about lights? I remind them candles and headlamps work fine. In the condominium, I could hear the noises and feel the energy of the electricity. The swoosh of the toilet was almost frightening. The energy kept me awake far past my normal sundown bedtime. When I wanted to go to bed, I tossed and turned. Though I, on these occasions, eat up the wifi, especially Facebook. Guess what? The only the thing I wrote was on one of my pages or blogs. Assignments to write a film synopsis were pushed to the side of my brain, while I studied comments about the book, ” The Chroma” by, err hum me. I spent far too much time just surfing. Though in withdrawals from instant online access, I am excited to say I am home where I have everything I need, living the life of luxury, and I might just get some writing accomplished. Plus, with internet at your fingers, it is so easy press enter or return and have words you should have edited be permanently online. I put myself on restrictions, and try and think through my words carefully before pressing send. I find a card or letter to mean more, these days.
The quiet solitude my partner and I share cannot compare to modern luxuries. I chose to live without them. I find the simplicity relaxing, the lack of waves refreshing, the luxury of sharing with nature a better rhythm for me. There are times when I miss some easy convenience, but not for long. With shelter, food, warmth and love, I have it all. I say so long to the fast and furious and embrace the slow and natural, full life’s riches.