“Earning a living”

This is my reply to sanguinecupcake's request. (35 pictures and short to medium entries)

The original post. http://imgur.com/gallery/Lm3QLri

I'm 35 and I've been wanting this life since I was in my early twenties and I thought I had to wait until I finished college, had kids, blah blah blah…So I did most of what's on that bullshit list.

In the beginning of 2011 I really started to hate my life. Because I wasn't living the life I wanted but the one I was prescribed to live. Soon enough it dawned on me that it was "my life". The magnitude of those words "my life" really shook me.

So I decided I was going to live by the following motto: Do what I want as long as I don't hurt anyone, myself or animals. Keep it simple and never-ever take a job that I'm not willing to do for free.

Lastly there were two questions that lingered in my head and I still ask myself to this day. And now whatever the answer is, that is what I do.

What would I do with my life if I only had a few weeks to live? And what would I do and if I had all my basic needs met? The answer was, live a simple life. So in the middle of 2011 I sold all my shit and moved to Costa Rica.

Originally I was going to buy a tent and live on my buddy's land so I can read and meditate all day, but then this gem of a house appeared.

My monthly cost of living:

Rent $100 (includes cutting the grass and tending to the many fruit tress)
Water $7.40 (fixed and unlimited water)
Electricity $10-$15
Mobile phone $20 (every 2 to 3 months it's a pay as you go plan)
Internet $28
Food less than $100 (this is mostly because I don't drink alcohol and I'm a vegetarian)
Fuel for motorcycle $40.

This comes out to less than $300 a month. To live here!

This picture was taken at 5am. Yes I'm up at that time and usually with a smile because of the sweet symphony of bird songs around my house. I'm at about 2,000 ft above sea level and that mountain range in the back ground in Nicaragua.

Yes that's a comforter, it gets nice and cold every night.

This is one of the many fruit trees on the property. Those are lemons, I know they look like oranges, I found this out the bitter way.

This toucan likes to visit me, so I named him. Who am I kidding he likes the fruits on that tree.

I kept going outside for days (nights) wondering what was making the weird sound. Now I make sure to throw my banana peels and the like in my front yard.

This guy kept ogling my…… while I showered. I trapped him, released him back into the wild. He's now free to ogle someone else.

He likes to visit me too, so of course I named him. He actually flies into my house and walks around, well actually hops around, like he pays rent or something. So I usually have to grab him because he forgets the way out. But sometimes he just chills in my hand and leaves when he's good and ready.

It's called a tepezcuintle and they're suppose to be elusive and shit, but this guy also hangs around. No name for him, except rat-thing.

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