Have you ever heard people complain about how they want to simplify their lives? Get disconnected, clean out their clutter, stop relying on materials for happiness?
For a lot of people, it's all talk. Sure, you might sell a lot of your possessions, stop buying fast food and living on a strict, no-frills budget. But did you ever consider not living in a house? Not buying ANY clothing? Not having any money to your name at all?
Well, Daniel Suelo took this no-frills approach to life to the absolute extreme. He is broke -- flat broke -- and completely happy with it.
This article from Yahoo! news explains how Suelo became clinically depressed and anxious over his need for "acquisition," as he puts it. After a considerable amount of contemplation, traveling, and planning, he decided to truly live off the land. He literally lives in a cave on public land in Utah. He has absolutely no money, scavenges or hunts for food, and uses the public library to maintain a blog about his experiences.
This guy absolutely blows my mind! I can appreciate scaling back and making life simpler and more organic (haven't you ever fantasized about just taking off into the wilderness and living like Pocahontas?), but I can't ever imagine actually living in a cave with no money. I can barely go to a campground without hot running water in the showers.
What do you all make of this? Is he admirable, crazy, delusional? Make sure you read the whole article -- it's FASCINATING!