Gram Weenie’s Story
(Read Kayak Chris’ version below.)
What lead you down your new and experimental path?
Growing up in a wealthy area of the United States filled me with certain lifestyle expectations and a culture of abundance. The plan as I knew it was: you get an education, you get a good job, you work hard, and you go into extreme amounts of debt to maintain the expected lifestyle those around you have. Where I grew up, it’s normal to take on a 300-thousand dollar mortgage for a small condo or townhouse. It’s normal to drive a 100% financed car. Your goals revolve around the possessions you have now and the others you are trying to get. You buy things you really don’t need and then need a bigger house or a storage unit to put them in. You have more credit card and student loan debt than you can actually afford. Then, finally, after many years of hard work, and commuting in soul-crushing traffic, you get to retire and do what you really want. Or at least this is they way I thought it was supposed to be. Continue reading