I’ve been on a mission to simplify my life.
It started a few years ago with my time. I was busy. Stressed. Anxious. Then, one day, I realized that the way I spend my time is my choosing. So, I made some changes and simplified my schedule. Cleared out to the essentials. Suddenly, I had a lot of open time, and that time that had previously been filled with obligations was filled, instead, by the things that I enjoyed. I had time to take walks. See my friends. Relax. Smile.
Ever since then, the desire to simplify has bled into all aspects of my life. I want a simple life, a simple home, simple finances, simple relationships. Simple possessions. I even found that the most effective method for being productive was simplifying my to-do list. I’m sensing a theme here.
I want to own only the things that I need or love. So, over the past few years I’ve been weaning down my possessions. It’s a bit of an obsession, but every bag that leaves the house, every space that opens up, makes me feel lighter. How many sets of sheets do we really need? How many plates, forks, glasses? Do I really need a closet full of clothes when I only wear a few items?
I’m not immune to the pressures to do more, to fill my time, buy random stuff. Those are all deeply ingrained habits that take time to change. I take two steps forward, one step back. But, as I continue to move forward, the rewards of a simpler life are worth the effort.