Thoughts on the Simple Life

0719258Once we get to the point in our lives where we totally feel overwhelmed with our current ways of living and get to a breaking point where we ask that question, “Shouldn’t life be simple”? we start to evaluate all of the things in our lives which do not make it simple. It seems that life has taken on a course on it’s own and we feel as though we no longer have control over it. What has happened? This is not the life I envisioned living. We know that we have to take some sort of action, but where do we start? We have reached a point in our lives where we are living the life we were taught we should be living, and we have everything we are expected to have. A nice home, a new car and all of those digital gizmos that everyone else has. Yes, we have all of the things that an education and good job entitles us to have. But there are a few things missing in our picture like control over our own money. Why is it so hard to keep a regular savings plan? And time, Why is it that I never seem to have time to spend doing the things that I really love to do?

This is the time where we start looking outside this kingdom of material that we built and start looking at the lives that other people are living. People who have found a simpler way of living. Those who do have the time to read a book, or do a little fishing. No, they are not monks in some cult and they are not stupid. The are folks like yourself who have also reached a breaking point and made up their minds that it is time to get off of that roller coaster of life and discover a way to be grounded. They go by all kinds of names such as “minimalists” or “simple life”, and they appear to be happy, less stressed and never in too much of a rush. What is their secret? Did they hit the lottery or were they left fortunes from their relatives?

When you discover that they are only earning a third of what you earn, yet consistently put more into their savings accounts each month than you do you know that you have no option but to look more into their lifestyles. A trip to bookstore and a question about books written on minimalism soon opens a whole new world to you. You begin to read and discover that these folks were you at one time who have reached a point in their lives where they made that decision to start making changes in their lives. They learned to stop spending money, and how to clear up all of the clutter in their homes and lives that stands in the way of true happiness. They learned how to take control of their own money by getting out of debt and life can be lived just as fully in a smaller home. They are not spending the whole weekend cleaning and maintaining their property opting instead to go out to a movie or sitting quietly in a park.

But how is this possible? You have followed all of the rules set out before you. Isn’t this the life that everyone else is living? Things are slowly changing and the material world around us is melting away little by little. It is not easy to pursue a simpler life and it takes a lot of hard work and at times can tear at the very fabric that we know as our belief system.

Without going too much deeper into these thoughts I encourage anyone who feels overwhelmed with life to set out on their own personal adventure in learning from many of the authors who have written books on this subject. I dare you to question your own life and ask yourself the question. Am I truly happy and living this precious life of mine to it’s fullest?


I am happy once again with my morning glucose reading and know that I have fully healed from that bacteria infection. I will still stay on course and spend one last day not working out before I return once again to a daily exercise regime.

Blood Sugar- 90, Weight- 180.8

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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18 Responses to Thoughts on the Simple Life

  1. neffy93 says:

    Love this post. I’m 22 and already feeling like this. I’ve started to de clutter and get rid of things I have amassed that I don’t use or need and now I think twice before I buy anything use anything or get involved in anything. I ask “Is this what I need and is it going to do me or anyone else without detracting from my own needs any good”. I’m finding life far less stressful, I’m happier and feel so much more free without the shackles of things

  2. Sharron says:

    Great thoughts. If you never buy anything you can’t pay cash for or anything you do t absolutely need you will find yourself a happier, healthier person living in freedom from debt.

  3. New Journey says:

    Glad to see your feeling better….as far as feeling happy and living life to the fullest… I am trying….love puttering on projects and were getting ready for another road trip…so that makes me very happy and relaxed….also trying in incorporate my children’s hectic life schedules into some of our time….happy your better….when’s your cross country trek starting???

  4. pwsoeprapto says:

    Nice post. Jobs and titles often make us forget that life is inherently simple, and achieving happiness is just as simple.

  5. hippyish says:

    Oh me, me, me! This is my drive behind my minimalist journey. I’ve tossed the idea and made several attempts in the past but I AM SERIOUS this time! Maybe it’s just my time to do it. You must fall a few times, but the main thing is to keep on keepin’ on! I’ve tried it all and simplicity IS the answer. I know this from the depths of my soul and I WILL BE THERE because I am doing the work. I wish you success on your journey as well!

  6. hsampson says:

    Yes! Life is simple we just love to complicate it. Thanks for this timely reminder Billy!

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