Minimalism is intentionally living with only the things you really need. Minimalists maintain that there are benefits to minimalist living, like reduced anxiety, lower expenses, increased productivity, and living a more fulfilling life. But not all minimalists go so far as to reduce their possessions to live out of a van ... for years ... intentionally. My guest today is author David Soto Jr. and he is (or maybe was) one of these van life minimalists.
David is a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant who didn't realize until reaching his forties that he was a writer. He has contributed to The Good Men Project, Task & Purpose, and Your Tango. His debut novella, "Los Chocolates de Esperanza Diamanté," has changed the course of his writing career, sparking a series of follow up books based on the characters he created.
In a future episode we will discuss his literary pursuits, but today we focus on David's extraordinary life to get a better glimpse into the world of minimalism. Is it really as great as some claim it to be? How do van life minimalists, for example, deal with boredom and the potential demons that will inevitably haunt you as you spend hours and hours a day in silence with your own thoughts? How does one become a minimalist? And what kind of person becomes one?
David and spoke to us back in July, and today we share that conversation. Join us as we explore van life minimalism.
This episode was produced by Julián Esteban Torres López.
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