The Time is Right 🌱 Simple ideas on how to make the first steps toward a stress-free life

Thoughts about sustainable living have been swirling around my head for many years. Here are some simple ideas on how you could significantly improve your life, even if you live in the city.

Make the first step to gardening

You can successfully grow many different types of vegetables, herbs, and berries indoors. Grow potatoes and strawberries in buckets or bags. Grow your plants from seeds or regrow vegetables brought in the store. Here is an inspiration for you:

The easiest way to enjoy your own veggies is to grow bean sprouts. You don’t even need soil for that. Only water. Just a few days and healthy food rich with protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and magnesium is ready.

You can grow strawberries on a balcony throughout the summer months, and have an abundant harvest, enough for eating, freezing, or homemade jams.

If you want to grow veggies all year round, you’ll need good soil. You can buy potting soil, but it’s better to invest in the right composter and start creating new soil by composting your leftover organic food scraps.

The time is right to ride a bike

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I wish everywhere could be the same incredible cycling culture as in Copenhagen and Amsterdam, which are the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

The bicycle is a reliable vehicle that doesn’t need refueling. The price of a bike can be lower than the cheapest iPhone, and riding a bike is excellent for your health and friendly for the environment. Invest in bicycles for the whole family, and stay healthy and fit!

The time is right to pump up tires, 
at last, to ride a bike 
and feel the wind of Paradise.
(excerpt from my poem “Paradise”)

Learn how to fish

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We don’t need a lot of equipment to catch a fish: a fishing rod and reel, fishing line, some hooks, a small bobber, sinkers, and bait are enough for the beginner fisherman.

You can attract fish with live bait, like worms and grubs (bread works, too), or invest in different types of lures.

Also, you can try hand-line fishing, which is one of the oldest fishing techniques.

During my trip to Sweden, I saw a family fishing in the waters of downtown Stockholm, right near The Royal Palace. That looked absolutely awesome!

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

— Chinese proverb

If you have a bike and a fishing rod, it’s nearly impossible to die from starvation. Put the fishing rod on your shoulder and take a ride to the nearest lake or river.

How about a couple of quails?

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Quails are so small that they can live in a cage, under your kitchen table. Quails are cute, and their manure is a natural fertilizer for your plants. If you treat them well, you’ll get a beautiful gift every day—an egg, which is small but rich in nutrients. Why not?

We don’t need much to be happy

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The wisest decision one family can make is to buy a small house with a garden. Sustainable gardening can free our minds from the troubling question of “How will I feed my family?”; and it’s possible to earn a living with gardening if you choose to do so.

If we invest our time and money wisely, veggies, berries, eggs, fish, and much more may be on our tables every day. If hard times hit, we can exchange our harvest with our relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Take care of your family members and relatives, be kind to your friends and neighbors. They are people who will always support you. Be well.

Thank you for reading.

with love

This article was first published in Illumination. © 2020 All rights reserved. No part of this story may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the author.

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