My home office mirrors my room in a boarding house when I was a graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The only difference is that there are no makeshift bookcases holding 100s of books. Instead there are a laptop and printer.
As The Wall Street Journal advises newbie graduates, I am living like a student. Only I am in my 60s. I adopted this Monkish way of life when I was 58.
At the top of the list is that I can work hard, without any preoccupations with domestic chores. There is no lawn to mow. The furniture is plastic. No need to dust that. The limited space discourages out of towners from viewing my piece of paradise as a vacation spot.
Secondly, my fixed expenses are minimal. That allows me to turn down assignments that pay peanuts or are overseen by Machiavellians. I am free, in a way I hadn't been since childhood.
Third, it's totally obvious I have opted out of the status game. I never thought an adult could pull that off.
I adopted this frugal way of life after I had spent my way into six-figure debt at the turn of the century Download Geezerguts. C.S. Lewis observed that experience is a brutal teacher but, we do learn, don't we.