When we first moved to Columbia, South Carolina, people from here told us that it was a city not from where you wanted to be. If you wanted to go to the mountains, you could drive about 2 hours. The beach? Charleston and Myrtle Beach were right next door. The greens around the area was noticeable. Though it was still humid and hot during the summer (and winter), the trees provided some coverage.
We both liked the city okay, obviously. We got married here and purchased our first mini adventure home here. We spent most of the times figuring out what love was, and slipped some fun in between. Needless to say, it was a growing up moment for us. We were far away from our families than before, and it was a moment of “sink or adulting.”
Lucky for us, people around here were kind and thoughtful. They were what made this place home for us. Though we went through tough times while trying to figure out what it was that we had to do, we never felt alone (but not in a creepy way).
However, every chapter had its ending. We traded in our first adventure home and started the trek to a new city. One thing that we can keep in our hearts and minds was the lessons we learned along the way. We created the Mr. Bunker’s Creed. As promised, here it is:
Watch your big head. Don’t hit on top of the camper. Don’t let it get in the way of your kindness. Either way, watch it!
Remember to vent. Vent while you’re cooking so you don’t get carbon monoxide poisoning. Vent when you need to let go of some issues. Either way, do it gently.
Put away things after you’re done, else they’ll get in the way eventually. Pretty much true with any home, but the smaller the space, the more obvious this becomes.
Size isn’t all there is to you. Your personality makes who you are, too.
More doesn’t mean better. It just means more space to allocate.
Use your favorite things first. Things are your favorites for a reason.
Space is relative. Just like time. Although this is not scientifically proven.
Take things in small doses. Mainly apply this to food, but it can also be applied everywhere else. The best types of food is things like tapas and dimsum, where you can try small samples of a lot of things.
Be unique and you’ll draw people in. You don’t have to be big or loud. You just have to be unique.
Meeting your problems head on helps your situation. Nobody will tell you how to be an adult. Here’s the first step. Brave it and ask for help when you’re stuck.
Take only what you can use. Because everything else cost you extra space and brain time.
Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. This goes back to only taking what you can use. Reuse, reduce, recycle.
Comfort objects aren’t stupid. They are there to help you calm down and to feel at home.
Learning opportunities are everywhere. You just have to find the right spots and the right teachers. Learning can be fun.
Follow the weather, it’s telling you something. The weather is a guide for the when and where. There is a time and place for everything.
Time is more important than money. The common saying is that time is money. However, you can continue to make more money but not more time.
Experience is what you live for. Trying new things might be scary, but it might also be fun. Instead of buying new things, buy experiences. No recession or depression can take that away from you.
Small spaces are your friends. They can fit the things you need and no fluff.
Saying goodbye isn’t always bad. As long as you remember all the lessons and remember to say hello to the things ahead of you.
Always remember to take your shoes off. It’s more clean and it’s more relaxing that way.
Be gentle on your home and it will do the same for you. Take care of your things and they will take care of you.
A place doesn’t make a home; the people do. This one is pretty self explanatory.
Because every exit is an entry to somewhere else, we thank Columbia, South Carolina and Mr. Bunker a lot for teaching us the lessons we didn’t learn in college. We promise to keep you both in our hearts to remind us to not judge a home by its yard. It was true what they said: we were never away from the place we wanted to be.
Did you have a hard time leaving your first home? Did you feel sad, fearful, excited?
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