Well, about 1 year ago a made some pretty big changes in life with the main goal to lessen my impact on the planet. I moved into a small apartment about 7 miles from work (a perfect commuting distance). I sold my snowmobile, car, and Harley. I got rid of the TV. I quit buying useless crap like DVDs, Cds, stereos, "stylish" clothes. I buy almost all organic food, and haven't been to McDonalds more than a few times this year. I certianly didn't quit living, I had season ticket to the Madison Symphany Orchestra, saw every Badger home football game, saw a few hockey, volleyball, and basketball games. I went on a 2 week bike tour this summer to the UP. Now, what do I have to show for 1 year of trying to live more simply? I am quiting my job on Feb 1 and going on a 2 month bike tour of New Zealand. When I get back to the States, I will spend 3 months in Arizona doing volunteer work in National parks in the area. When I get done there, my plan is to bike the Contenintal divide trail up to Jasper Nat. park. Who knows what will happen when I get there, the best part is I don't know. The money I saved up in 1 year allows me to take off at least 6 months next year, and I could probably stretch it to year if I really wanted to. Had some one said to me 2 years ago I could be happy with no car or motorcycle I would have laughed at them and called them bat-**** insane. Right now I am happier than I have ever been because I have freedom. I don't have to worry about my job, if I get laid off it is just 1 more month to relax. I don't care if someone tries to rob me, I have 2 possesions worth more than $100 (my bike and my trailer). The consumerist lifestyle is a subtle form of slavery, but once you escape it seems so obvious and easy, you wonder why everyone doesn't do it.
P.S. My job is and electrician and I never work over 40 hours per week.