Cabin Diaries

The Simple Life

Cabin life is simple. I don’t have electric lights, at night I navigate by candles. I don’t have a plug socket, so I don’t spend time on devices. I only have a gas hob.

What I’ve realised is that simplicity isn’t simple. 

It’s difficult to write simply. To try to communicate an idea without rambling takes work. Orwell advised: “never use a long word when a short one will do”.

The best boxers use basic combinations. Ali knocked out Foreman with a 1,2. 

Most Beatles songs were written with only a few chords. 

There’s always an impulse to make things complex. To add more flavours to a meal. To add more colours to a painting. To write more lines on a blog post.

But more often than not, the simpler the better.