This month I walked out my door to go to work, and this is what I saw across the street for two days. Looks like someone is getting solar power. If you would have told me five years ago that solar installation was going to be a common occurrence in 2015, just like walking out your door and seeing the cable guy with his van across the street, I don’t think I would have believed it. I used to think this was at least a decade away from 2010, but here I am, back in Seattle only five years later and I start my day looking at this. There are always trade offs to living in community at an ecovillage or deciding to go back to “mainstream,” whatever that is anymore. This just warmed my heart.
I also had a great time this month because one of my friends from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage came to visit Seattle. Travis stayed with me for a week in my small studio, but we’re Rabbits at heart and felt comfortable in the small space with unwashed and reused dishes, a toilet we don’t flush after every single use, and a shared kitchen. We got into so many adventures! We went Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lake Washington. I had never heard of a SUP, but it’s like a surf board that you paddle, and Travis likes water recreation activities. We went to parks, the Ballard Locks, ecstatic dances, and of course dumpster diving. We also ate so much good food while he was here! Mochi ice cream, Jackfruit, Tamarind, and lots of homemade sushi. The visit was so nice and life enriching for both of us. It was great to share a glimpse of my new life with someone from home, but I suppose now my home is in Seattle.
It was so nice to have someone from Dancing Rabbit come to my hometown where I have decided to stay and really see and experience why I had made the decision that I did. Not only did he like it here, but he wants to add more Seattle to his life too. For the past few years of my life I had grown so accustomed to visitors coming to DR and considering moving there for the lifestyle change because they were tired of the “mainstream.” Now my life has gone the other way around. Travis doesn’t think Seattle is mainstream, but I didn’t think I’d see the days come so soon when the ecovillage may loose members to the mainstream because it has come into such great alignment with the values and reasons we held so dear when we decided to move to the ecovillage in the first place.