RISK versus COMFORT
Written by Jordan Roquemore
I have a complicated relationship with risk. One of the many warring factions within me detests the word. It beckons me to linger in the safety and comfort of what is known. Of what is normal. This faction keeps me grounded. It prevents me from offending others. It allows me to rest and heal.
The opposition, however, embraces risk. It tells me to jump. To put something on the line. To try a new way. This faction keeps things interesting. It breeds adventure. It expands my experience and teaches me lessons.
Ironically, the warfare between these opposites creates harmony. I find balance in their struggle.
Kim and I are going on 12 years of marriage. She has brought up tiny houses for at least the last eight of them. The topic would always come up around a transition in our lives. New job. New move. New diet. New lifestyle?
For me, the idea of tiny homes was more of a curiosity. A novelty worth a few moments of consideration before turning back to the real world. I never considered it a practical option. Only odd people would purposefully choose such a dwelling.
A few months ago, the topic of tiny homes resurfaced in our conversations. My initial reaction was much the same as always. I entertained a discussion or two, but was ultimately dismissive of the idea. This time, however, I could tell that Kim had waded further than ever into the notion. She asked me to have an open mind.
Over the years, Kim has supported many of my goals, dreams, and pursuits. She has even pushed me when I became hesitant. Having an open mind to one her ideas was not just important. It was absolutely essential. So, I did.
A few weeks of research involving financials, layouts, watching shows, and even staying in a tiny home community led us to our new future. The risk-taking faction is promoting its agenda and we are off on a new adventure.
The idea of tiny homes is now a practical one. The financial payoff, community aspects, family time, and more minimalist ideology all appeal to me. The logic and the values line up. If I had not given my wife and risk-taking a chance, I never would have discovered these for myself.