Would you define yourself as a “do”-er or a “be”-er? I think that when it comes to cottage and recreational ownership, it is important to think about this question. When I think of a “do”-er, I think of the person who loves to putter, and always has a project on the go. This person may enjoy fixing things, working on their gardens and property, engaging in building projects, that sort of thing. These are the people that typically don’t like to sit down for long periods of time, and are always on the go with projects, or perhaps seeking out adventures and other forms of entertainment. When I think of someone who is more of a “be”-er, I tend to think about my more relaxed and “chilled out”friends. These people tend to be the ones who can relax and enjoy their surroundings reading on the deck, napping in the screened in porch or floating with a beverage at the water’s edge. For these folks, cottage life is about being with nature and disengaging from the ongoing lists of things to do. And, of course, there are those of us that would define ourselves as being somewhere on the continuum with a healthy mix of both.
I think that it is wonderful to be just as you are, but it is important to think about how you want to spend your time at the cottage and to recognize your preferred choices in a cottage lifestyle. The idea of buying a “fixer upper”may be appealing to your budget, but are you the type of person who really does enjoy working on a project over a prolonged period of time? Maybe yes, maybe no. It is therefore important to realistically evaluate your strengths and weaknesses when considering cottage ownership, as we are sometimes swept away by the allure and our romantic ideas of owning a recreational property. Make sure that your decision making process pays careful consideration to the realities of the type of experience you want, and how you wish to spend your time at the cottage over the years to come.