I am really benefitting from simplifying my life and I can really see that when I look around at friends still literally making themselves ill chasing things they think they haven’t got enough of. To me the long out breath means stepping off the rollercoaster of busyness and the need to support an unreasonably high standard of living, and making do with much less regardless of what people think. But I am daunted by the challenge of getting to the point of break-even – where you don’t take out more than you can put back. I think it is very difficult to reach that point living in the West if you drive a car, heat your house, go on holiday … it would take an extreme measure … like going to live in a yurt in Wales… or volunteering for full time service. But perhaps this will resolve itself gradually.