A S I M P L E L I F E  

no_strings_grrl 44F
270 posts
6/11/2005 9:35 pm

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Recently I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about life and all its complications. Interestingly enough, he and I BOTH have been thinking (rather extensively) about how we can simplify our lives.

Now, I don't mean simplify as in to consolidate debt or to cancel the cable TV and go back to the 'Magic 3'. I'm talking SIMPLIFY. Like, no electric bill, phone bill, car insurance... Just how simple could I make my life and how would one find out where to begin? Living 'off the grid'? Living off the LAND?

Think about how much time you devote to the million tiny details that must have your attention every day. Now, on a given day, how much time do you spend reading, or playing with your kids, or just talking with a friend or loved one, or volunteering at an old folks home to visit with the people who have been forgotten by their families but still have stories to tell? Out of the 16 or so waking hours you have available to you in a day, how much time do spend doing something that matters - something you feel truly makes your life or someone elses better?

And how much money do you spend on non-food or non-essential items? I would imagine that most people feel that they work hard and make money to provide a healthy, happy life for themselves and/or their families. Well, what does healthy and happy mean to YOU? Having a nice house, a nice car or two, a boat or motorcycle or four wheeler, Satellite TV, Internet access, electricty and gasoline to run these things, insurance to protect these things, more money to maintain and/or repair these things...and what about the Video Games and toys that occupy so much of our children's time - are these things really making our kids healthier and happier?

Sometimes it makes me sick to think of how much time and money is spent on all this STUFF. And when the money runs out, we spend the rest of our lives in debt, just so we can keep getting more stuff. We are a nation of tired, overworked, overweight distracted people who let the TV, GameBoys and internet raise our kids. We spend our whole lives AQUIRING THINGS. And then we wonder why we feel so empty.

I would honestly like to see for myself. I'd like to find out just how LITTLE I can get by with. What can I do WITHOUT, yet still get nutrition, be warm in the winter and cool (enough) in the summer, read and stimulate my brain, meet new people and learn new things, and maintain healthy and beneficial relationships with those that I love.


Two questions:

1. How far is too far to go to simplify YOUR life, and why?

2. Do you ever feel that too much of YOUR time and energy is spent on things that don't really make you or your loved ones healthy or happy - and what are you going to do about it?

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

6/11/2005 10:03 pm

Well you could live the amish life.
We are considering getting land out in the boonies, having soloar panels, winder generators, the system is easy to build.
We try to blend the simple with the modern, we love our computers, and net surfing. But we also love a classic book from the library.
We do spend alor of time with our kids, about three tiems as much as the other families. We do not run our kids lives, but we do mroe faily stuff, and hopefully make good guides for our kids. We write my folks weekly, and as a married couple sit and gab for hours each day.
As far as givingback to the community, well I run my wellness coach business as donation only. This way those who can't afford it now can, and I carry more qualifications than most others, and am working on my masters degree, so I do nto short change the clients because they jsut pay what they can or feel it is worth.
I am glad to see many others returningto the simpler life, a people based life, over the money all about me life.

Best wishes

sandhazard 54M
129 posts
6/11/2005 11:44 pm

Start with the internet. There is TONS of information about living "off grid" using alternative energy. I am in the process of designing a retirement place for myself that will be "off grid" solar/wind powered. I have plans for a hydroponic green house for veggies and much more.

If interested send me a email and I will send you some of the internet links I have found on the subject.


no_strings_grrl 44F

6/12/2005 7:13 pm

Thank you so much sand! I believe I would like to take a look at those links. I'll email you.

rm_Jme681000 45M
29 posts
6/13/2005 2:41 am

how far; well I in the USMC, and we train in those kinds of places, many times we packed up the things we need and moved 2 the eastside of bum AdultFriendFinder Egypt, lived in tents, drank from a bag, and ate food made to last forever, not kool... some of the Marines really like that kind of thing,however after 16yr shit gets old, hell I dont even like camping any more

the good part is, in doing those things we come to understand what STUFF U really need, try it. just don't sell Ur home

Xtrapassions 59F
2 posts
6/13/2005 4:23 am

Funny about the aquiring things blog . . we've been having much the same discussion lately, there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of money and the level of unhappiness; the more money people have the less happy and more distracted (and unfufilled) they seem to be. Something's gone haywire in our society when you actually have to sell your soul (and most probably your grandmother also) to put you kid through a decent college (actually, how 'bout nursery school . . 85 pounds a day???) We're perpetuating really bad values and our kids are completely confused about life, good and bad, what to strive for, what's important . . it's really really tough . . .

no_strings_grrl 44F

6/13/2005 9:46 am

Jme - I can see why camping would have lost its thrill for you. Too much of anything can get old. 16 years in that environment would be a challenge I can only imagine.

Xtra - I agree. I know every generation struggles with its own issues. And its true that technology has made our lives easier in a sense, in terms of reduction or elimination of physical and manual labor. But what are we doing with all that free time now? AQUIRING STUFF - Becoming 'successful' by filling up our lives with material possessions that fuel the apathetic attitudes of this generation.

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