Tynan, First I want to tell you how much I enjoy your Blog. It is my absolute favorite and I have learned quite a lot from reading your posts - so this is my chance to give back a little bit.
I probably have a different profile from most of your readers and I am sure I have quite a different perspective. What I have to say will probably challenge you and your readers. It is not meant to offend but the topic is an important one and is also one to which I have given a lot of thought. I wish someone had laid these things out for me to consider when I was in my 20s or 30s.
A little about me so you can see where I am coming from (and that I am not some lunatic curmudgeon)! I am in my early fifties. I have been married twice – once for 10 years and once for 13 years. I have a kid from each marriage. I created and sold a business so I am financially independent. I am a passionate traveler. I have surfed, kite boarded and climbed mountains all over the world. I read voraciously and with your inspiration, have embraced a minimalist approach to life.
I applaud your taking a long view of life but I want to suggest that you take an even longer view and consider a few things. Hold on to your hat – this is a no BS reality check!