People think that we are frugal and live a more simple type of life, because of money. That may be a bit of it, but for me, it is so much more.
I realized that in rare form yesterday morning. I was sitting out on the front porch, very early in the day. It was soooooo quiet. Very unusual for my neighborhood. Being a holiday, I heard no traffic noise, no dogs were barking, there were no sirens or planes and no trains (I do love the sound of the trains). All I heard was crickets and birds chirping. There was a cool breeze. The bestest morning!!!!
That is part of the simple life.
I didn't need to go any where to have a lovely day - I just enjoyed the quiet and then I enjoyed my kitties and going out and picking 'grow'ceries! Later on, I watched new neighbors a couple doors down, having a volleyball game with the young-ins and grilling (oh the smell!). I talked with neighbors later in the day.
Not having to rush and hurry all the time. Just living - that is wonderful. We all did the hurry up and wait thing for years. Worked, and saved and tried to pay off debt - when you finally get that chance to slow down - you need to just enjoy it!
It is about having less to me. The less you have, the less you have to take care of. Less cleaning, sorting, moving. Less heating and cooling. Less upkeep.
It is about taking better care of the environment. Learning how to use what we have in new ways and recycle things. It is about putting less in our land-fills. It is about being mindful about all the land and all of nature.
Being creative is worth so much more than throwing money at things. The satisfaction one gets is wonderful!
It's about working together on projects and putting our minds together to figure things out. I miss that part - G and I did that often. Work with your partner, and know that great minds CAN work together!
It is nice to look back on.
It is about learning new skills. Life should be about learning, every day. We are never too old to learn new things and new tricks. Expand your skills and then you will realize that there isn't much that you CAN'T do!!!
It is about living and eating healthy. Using what we grow. Cooking from scratch. Learning how to use herbs and plants for health. Knowing that we can maintain good health without so many chemicals being put in our bodies.
It is about not giving a rat's 'ars' what others think about what you do or what you have! Just being you and living within YOUR means - not how others think you should live. If others don't like my house, my neighborhood, my vehicle, my choices - I DON'T CARE! I live this life for me.
It is about choices. Having the choice to do or not to do. To have or not to have. To visit or not to visit. It is about living the way you choose. YOU! You can take a trip if so desired. You can get new furniture if so desired. You can have a dinner out if so desired. Being free of debt, allows you to have freedom to do what you choose to do.
All in all - I think living a simple and frugal life is about truly LIVING. It makes life a little more enjoyable. It makes me more considerate of others. It helps me understand what others may be going through. It lets me help others in need. It lets me enjoy all the beauty in nature. It allows us to simply enjoy the simpler things. We don't have to be entertained - we know how to do that ourselves.
It is about truly LIVING!!!!
Have you realized a simple and frugal life is better? Have you learned and appreciated this more as you age? What is it all about to you?
Have a great and simple day my friends!!!!!