These 2 beautiful examples, one global, one local, crossed my path of the dialogue about creating a stronger community beyond our current economic paradigm. I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my heroes, my aunt, in the Thriving Communities video, saying one sentence: “I believe in safety nets.”
I have always been happiest when volunteering in efforts that help others, and I intend to live nearly money free when I am done raising my daughter. Walking across the country for a year visiting children’s hospitals along the way is my dream of a start to that new lifestyle. I also intend to explore opportunities to divest myself of all belongings and live from room/board stipends – lighthouse caretakers, seasonal gardeners, state park assistants. I do not want to make that choice for my child, and the healthcare needs of a cancer survivor require money. For now I need to work many hours, but when I am only responsible for myself, I know there is a richer life than the money treadmill we are all in.