1 month ago
The tiny house is in the completion stages and what you see in my hands is all the trash created so far. A mere 30 pounds (14 kg). I read a statistic that the average house build in the USA creates 8,000 pounds of trash. That is over 250 times more than I created! Plus, nearly 100% of the materials I’ve used were second hand. You may have seen a few weeks back when I had a breakdown moment. That was partly due to worrying about how much trash I was going to make. Well, it all turned out alright. I’m truly proud. Excess materials were repurposed within the build, picked up by others from sites like Craigslist to be used in other building projects, and donated to an art school for art projects. People often ask me why I do what I do. Basically, why I don’t choose a more “normal” life. I’ve found time and time again that the “normal” way destroys everything that I love behind the scenes. “Normal” destroys animals and harms people that I love, usually in far off places. It destroys the basic rights of all beings- fresh air, clean water, and a habitat. The ever creeping “normal" around the world destroys diversity and culture. This is one reason I have chosen to live simply in a tiny house. This is one reason that I don’t choose to live a “normal" life. I put the word normal in quotes because the absurd thing about all of this… is that there is no such thing as normal. Normal is a delusion. Normalcy is created in our minds by taking in our surroundings and settling that that’s the way the world is. The reality is that the world is incredibly diverse and that your “normal” is just that, yours. When you look at the bigger picture, for most of us fairly privileged people, you see that we are the exception. The US has 5% of the world’s population yet uses 25% of the world’s resources. That by definition is not normal. That is extreme. Living in a 100 sq. ft. house is considered extreme by many. But by living in this “extreme” manner I serve as a counterbalance to the extreme mainstream. I show people that there is a different way, and it’s not in a far-off place. It’s just around the corner. You just have to be looking, or at least have your eyes open.