Downshifting is a form of human behavior when an individual tries to escape rat race living moving from a city to the country. Usually people who choose this way want to escape a stressful race for materialistic values. But it turns out that to become a downshifter is not that easy as it seems to be at first sight. For the first time it seems to be pretty reasonable choice. But at the same time downshifters need to do something for living. People deciding to downshift want to change their lives for the better. They are willing to spend much more time with their families and friends, they want to enjoy life at full. Some people do not understand this type of social behavior blaming downshifters that they are lazy to work from 9 to 5. Well, actually that’s not true. Downshifters work actually but they are not interested in making profit as others. So that’s the main point of downshifting.
Our society accept the following principle: “Buy Now, Pay Later”. In case you want to buy a car but you do not have enough money you may get a car loan and pay later. It is convenient of course but it would take you much more time to pay for it. One should keep in mind that the things we appreciate most of all are absolutely free. You would never buy love, respect and friendship. All of them are invaluable. Wealthy people work hard indeed but it seems like not many have time to spend it with the family.
So if you really want to downshift you should change your attitude to money, time and your family. Try to work-to-live not live-to-work. Cut up your credit card and try to spend the money when you really need something but not when you just want to have it. Take care and enjoy your life.