why I like living in Sweden in an essay from Japan

Giving in to a toddler-cold and baby-sleep deprivation, I give you Pico Iyer, who once wrote an essay on spring that I carried around in my wallet for years.

In this entry on a New York Times blog, he sums up pretty well, from the other side of life experience, why I am so happy to not be working in a big journalism job in the US, to be living in a small apartment in Sweden with no car, to be spending so much time with my wife and two small children.

If you’re the kind of person who prefers freedom to security, who feels more comfortable in a small room than a large one and who finds that happiness comes from matching your wants to your needs, then running to stand still isn’t where your joy lies. In New York, a part of me was always somewhere else, thinking of what a simple life in Japan might be like. Now I’m there, I find that I almost never think of Rockefeller Center or Park Avenue at all.

For the rest of the essay, go here.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s