Do You *Really* Want To Go Live In A Cottage Somewhere To Get Away From Modern Life?

The deeper truths hiding behind cottagecore, escapism, and our endless getaway fantasies.

Because life got really freaking complicated, that’s why.

It isn’t just modern life that’s made us this way — we’ve literally evolved into more complicated animals.

Lately, as a society, we’ve become so enamored of our ideals that we feel guilty we aren’t living them out in real-time.

Even when an ideal seems physically possible, it’s still an ideal — and idealism is really just a synonym for oversimplification.

hand reaching out toward a beautiful wilderness
Photo by Cody Board on Unsplash

When my life has felt truly uncomplicated, it wasn’t because I was in a cottage (or a tent, or a hostel).

We don’t live in “simpler times,” and it’s okay to stop chasing them.

We don’t KNOW that simple lives are actually any better than our fast-paced, complicated ones.

person in flannel walking toward an autumn forest
Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash

Don’t become so caught up in the idyllic that you forget to live out the real.

Instead of escaping, I’ve decided to start making peace with my complexity a little bit at a time.

small feather drifting down toward a person’s open hand
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