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My Dream House

That’s my dream. To live in a small cottage in a remote part of the world, far away from people and neighbours. I would grow my own food and be mostly independent, living “off the grid” if you like.

I want a house which is far away from any neighbours, and doesn’t have many passers-by at all. I’m thinking a small cottage in the Scottish Highlands or perhaps in Northumbria, in the north-east of England. Would ideally love to live in the Australian outback, where you’re miles away from the nearest house. Trouble is, it would be very difficult to get a visa to go over there. 

I don’t think I’d get lonely living without anyone nearby, almost permanently. I enjoy my own company. I’d need to be within a 20 minute bike ride of a village though, so that I’d be able to get provisions. And I’d need access to medical care. And if need the Internet. Then I’d be happy.

I’m going to have to save up to be able to achieve this dream. Don’t know how I’m ever going to be able to afford it. First step is to get an income.

But maybe it’s not healthy for me to have these dreams. I could spend all my life just wishing and hoping for something that’s destined never to happen. I don’t know. I’m trying to live in the moment and be content in my life, no matter where I’m living and with whatever I have. For me, that’s the only way to be. It’s called mindfulness.

But I can still have dreams, can’t I?! Well, yes. It’s just important that I don’t let my happiness depend on these dreams coming true, as that might happen.

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My Dream House

John Hammond

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APA Reference
Hammond, J. (2016). My Dream House. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 25, 2019, from


Last updated: 23 Aug 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Aug 2016
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