I have been reflecting a lot in the past few weeks. I hear and see a lot of comments about myself and people who live like I do,
I lurk on many FB pages that are about living frugally and preparing, and I daily see so many condescending comments and wasteful ways.
I guess I just don't understand the need to be nasty to people or put them down, because they do things differently. I don't understand why people are NOT happy for those who are.
I wonder if they are just angry, or miserable, or unhappy, or what?
We live in a 1947 - 2 bedroom home. Have lived here for 32 years - and yes it's paid for. All ours.
Our Blazer is now 16 years old, and our secondary vehicle is older. Do we spend a bit to keep them going? Sure - it's called upkeep. It sure is cheaper than paying car payments for many years.
I garden and can my food. I shop almost exclusively for bargains and deals.
Most of my clothes are many years old and most have been purchased at thrift stores or yard sales.
I love to hang my laundry outside, weather permitting.
I love remaking things into pretties for yard art. (I have been known to trash pick those items!)
The last new furniture I purchased was in 2002.
Very seldom do we eat out. We like home cooking so much more.
I am outside dozens of times a day (365) breathing in fresh air and getting a little exercise. It keeps me healthy. I take no medications, except herbs and vitamins.
We don't travel - it just isn't possible. Yes, we are home bodies - and like it. I have even been called hermit 'like'. Well, I am happy here.
I love nature, and I tend to it. Animals, birds, flowers, yard, etc. - it makes e happy.
We live a very simple life. It suits us.
Would we like a different home? Maybe. If I could have an open floor plan house, that would be easier for G to maneuver that would be great.
A new vehicle? Maybe - again if it was something that G could access with power chair.
New furniture? I AM going to get a new couch this year if I find what I want.
Fancy clothes and stuff? Nope - have no interest in fancy froo froo stuff. I am a simple girl. Don't need to be all girly. I want to be comfy. Don't care to impress anyone.
Would I quit gardening or shopping for a bargain if I had a ton of money? NO WAY! I enjoy it - and it's being a good steward of what I have.
Can we buy a new house or car or new furniture? Sure we can. We just like having no debt, and living a simpler life. Less to take care of.
Do we be-grudge those who have fancy stuff? Heck no - not in the least. I am happy for them. If you are truly living the life you desire and CAN afford it - go for it. I'll be tickled pink for you.
I guess I just needed to get this off my chest. I get so dejected reading FB comments that are so snarky, wasteful, and judgmental. I wish people would just STOP IT.
I see (and know) so many people today that think they have to have the biggest and best of everything, would never think of using something used, have the newest gadgets and electronics, take vacation after vacation, have name brand everything and eat out continually - and wonder WHY they have to work so hard! REALLY??
I guess they just don't get it.
MONEY DOESN'T BUY HAPPINESS!!!! NO matter how much you have. It may make things easier - but it won't make you content and blissful - that comes from within.
So like it says in the sweet babies picture above - I am happy and content - therefore I am rich!
What about you?