During this COVID-19 period it’s given me a lot of time to think about how I see my future. Moving to London around 16 years ago was solely down to the need to be closer to the television production industry.
At the time I lived in Manchester, a city which I loved and split my time between studying at university and working, mostly nights, for a company owned by ITV and BBC television in the post-production department (editing). In order to progress in my career I had to be in London or so I thought. Only a few years into my London life and the majority of the TV industry moved to Cardiff, Manchester, Scotland and later Leeds. If I had stayed in Manchester I would have been in a far better position now. As work started to dry up I moved into internet production and secured a few good contracts with American companies based out of London.
For over 5 years now I’ve left lost in my career and life in general. Having achieved all my ambitions by the age of 40 this has resulted in me just floating through the past 6 years with no direction other than tending to my allotment and working freelance across television and internet in entertainment and finance fields.
The pandemic has given me the time, space and freedom to stop and rethink my current position and more importantly, my future. I’ve never been one to have a five or ten year life plan. I just wonder through life and somehow managed to get by. I currently rent a property and share with others. Maybe it’s age but I’m slowly coming around to the idea and need for having my own space.
I’ve always been fascinated by Tiny House videos on YouTube but never thought about it for myself. My other YouTube interests are canals and van life. Over the past few weeks I’ve been giving more thought about these modes of lifestyle but more in a daydreaming way than a possible lifestyle change for myself. I love watching Cruising the Cut but would I like to live on a narrowboat myself, the majority disadvantage is that I can’t swim and have two cats. If the narrowboat ever sank then I wouldn’t be in the best position to help myself. Another inspirational YouTube channel is Eamon and Bec who travel around the world and live out of their van. I was fortunate to meet them last Summer and spend time in their van. Although it was beautiful it felt a bit too small and I could easily see myself wanting to burst out of the restricted space quite quickly. Plus with van life you need to keep moving which doesn’t suit my personality. I like being part of community life.
Tiny houses have always appealed to me. Whether my tiny house dream includes travelling around still remains to be seen but from what I’ve observed on YouTube you can pitch yourself on your own land for quite a while or even forever. This is an element, along with a host of other rules and regulations, that I need to continue researching.
So that’s it. I’m currently giving myself a plan of building and living in my own Tiny House. At the moment this would be within the UK but I’m open to other countries especially Canada. I lived in Toronto for a short while and loved city life and the culture of heading off to the mountains for the weekend to live in a cottage, more of a cabin for British readers to understand.
It will take years to achieve this dream but it feels good to finally have something to hang my hat on and aim towards over the coming decade. Of course, there will be vlogs documenting the journey.
Currently I’m researching designs via the YouTube channels Explore Alternatives and Living Big in a Tiny House with a view of living off-grid and using land to grow my own food.