I go on and on about living simply but I’ve never talked about why.
So why do we strive to live a simple life (and why should you try it too)?
For my family it started because of necessity. We needed to find ways to cut back so we could make ends meet. What we found was that we prefer living simply.
It helps us to live within our means. Since we (mostly) don’t feel deprived when we can’t afford something we are better able to stick to a budget. It’s really easy to over spend when you convince yourself that you need or deserve something even though you can’t afford it. Let’s just say my definition of “needing” new clothes has changed quite a bit since college. We can prioritize becoming debt free over owning lots of stuff.
It provides freedom. Being debt free and being able to get by on little will make us free to do anything we want. What could you do if your cost of living was 30, 20 or even 10 thousand dollars a year? Work less? Travel more? Open a business?
We can design a life that we don’t need a vacation from. We can stop wishing our lives away, live in contentment and find joy in most moments instead of living for the weekend. We can choose our life instead of letting it choose us.
We can get off the wheel of going to a job we don’t like to pay for stuff we don’t need. We can stop buying mindlessly and become a conscious consumer.
Which means we will put more thought into our purchases and only buy things that we need or really want. We will then appreciate what we have even more and we can focus our time and energy on what really matters.
Like family and friends, our health and well-being, or our hearts biggest desire.
By adopting a simple, real food diet we can stop spending so much time worrying about food and what it does to our weight or health! Eating simply is healthy and satisfying. My experience has been that when our bodies are nourished we don’t have (as many) sugar cravings or the desire to overeat.
We can feel good about our impact on the environment. Our resources are finite and by living simply -taking only what we need- we are contributing to a healthier and more sustainable future for our children.
Why do you live simply?