Wow, when I started writing my post this morning I just wanted to keep on writing, thus we now have a blog! The subject today was living a simpler life and having less material items.
Society has lured us into this way of life that does not serve us. We work so hard to try to accumulate more "stuff" and all we get in return is "more debt" and more "stress". This is why it truly doesn't serve us! Don't get me wrong, I would love to drive a fancy car, buy a boat, and have a large pool in my backyard, but unless I can actually afford them, I would be setting myself up for a "boatload" of misery! We tend to let our ego lead the way and feel some sense of duty to "keep up with the Joneses!" Advertising has a lot to do this this as we are bombarded every day with pictures of what our life should look like. You just have to look at social media and the lives that we all portray online. There is the Instagram/FaceBook life, and then there is the reality! We all know it, and we are all guilty of it.
Why do we do that? Why are we so conditioned to feel that we must have bigger and better? What gets lost in all of this is our own personal growth. We strive so hard to have something to show, something tangible, like a trophy, and it is killing us inside! The strain on our relationships, the never ending debt load, the constant stress of living a life beyond our means, it's slowly but surely killing us. I mean that literally!! And for what? No really, why do we do that?
Isn't it time to get real, and free ourselves. Isn't it time to get rid of all the things that don't serve us or make us happy? Declutter our homes, our lives and most importantly our minds! Forget the material items, just look at them right now. How many items do you have in your home that you really don't need? It's all just "stuff", and "stuff" does not make you happy!
I am a big believer in being authentic and living an authentic life; it's freeing! Just getting up each day and being YOU! No stress to be anyone else, no ego to answer to, and no perfect life to post to social media. All we need are the things that give us happiness. Family, loved ones, a roof over our heads, food on the table, gratitude for the nature around us.
I think this subject deserves a follow up blog and I will get working on that. For now, I would love to know your thoughts on living a simpler life. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow along on Instagram @youknowyoubest for daily posts!