Matt saved a lot of money on the materials for his pad. It also gave character and style that is hard to beat when buying off the shelf. But saving money by using reclaimed material is standard, so why highlight this one?
For me, it’s an opportunity to do more than just share something cool. What I see is a perfect display of how every one of us can produce our own magic by embracing who we are and what we value. Being aware that you like how something feels and why matters. But we pass by these moments in a hurry thinking that happiness is something in the future.
This video for me captures so beautifully what happens when you notice your ‘happy’. It’s in the moments spent with people that bring you joy and energy. It’s about a piece of timber or rusty old roof catching your eye and thinking it looks cool. Happy is happening if you care to notice it and give it priority.
In this video, every material he used has a story. By paying attention to your world and experiences, you are more present in the moment, savoring the details and appreciating them more. Matt is doing this actively which is why he has such a rich home to share.
These are not materials for the sake of building. As he goes about his life he comes across materials in different ways. The personal involvement and appreciation for the different elements are what makes this house so moving. Something matters to him, and he asks himself how he can celebrate it. Every one of us can do the same in every area of our lives.
Yes, there’s a story of perseverance here from the perspective of his illness. But there’s also a practical guide to the authenticity of his build which is worth highlighting separately. Its awesomeness is achievable for many of us when we learn to notice our happiness, instead of rushing past it.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer coolness of the details of this home, but Matt is giving a master class in being present in the moments that make up your life.
I love the YouTube channel Living big in a Tiny house, the link is below.
Presented and Produced by: Bryce Langston
Camera: Bryce Langston & Rasa Pescud
Editing: Rasa Pescud