"Seeing" things a little differently
The mass majority of United States citizens are conforming to exactly what the government wants us to do.
As a child growing up in the sixties I watched the hippie movement of peace, love and freedom. This sounded great to me but then the seventies rolled in and I learned that if I complied to what was expected of me I could have independence and make my own choices…to an extent. In the eighties and nineties, it was all about keeping up with the Jones’s.
There was this stereotypical image that I just naturally felt I should fill being a wife, mother and having a job. I needed a big house, yard, car and enough clothes to wear to work everyday. I felt as if I was filling my role in life by having these things. Sure, it was nice while raising a family…but every step was a struggle to pay the bills and buying the extra amenities to entertain us.
Now that I am older (fifties) I have a different perspective. I am seeing how people are complying to what our government wants. They want us to buy the big luxurious homes, drive the nice cars and buy, buy, buy from the stores. It’s called revenue…taxes. We are buying into the system.
Why are we driving to work everyday…most of us working forty plus hours a week and at a job we don’t like? The average American family spends only 1/4 of their time in their own homes that they are working so hard to afford? Drive through the neighborhoods during the work week and see all the empty houses…Lots and lots of square footage in homes totally empty. Most Americans are spoiled and living like ants in a colony. We are buying into a life of conformity in many degrees.
We do have choices but if we make these choices we will be going against the grain. We will be looked upon from the masses as “not succeeding” in life. Be prepared to defend your choices to others that do not understand. Below are ways to consider living in order to live a more minimal lifestyle.
1. Take a look at your surroundings and decide if you really need everything you have. Decide for yourself what you can live without reasonably. You may just want to cut down on your spending habits and learn to enjoy the simpler things in life or go as extreme as changing your entire lifestyle.
2. Ask yourself the question if you are spending too much time at work away from your family just to pay for the extravagant lifestyle you are leading. Do you really need that fancy car or three car garage? How much more cash flow could you have if you lived in a minimal sized home?
3. Many minimalist are living in what is called “Tiny houses” today. This is a growing trend that makes a lot of sense for many people. Read more about the Tiny houses here…. Why Do People Fall In Love With Tiny Houses?
4. The Tiny home is not for everyone but realistically speaking… is a 3,ooo sq. ft. home necessary? We are filling up our country with over sized homes and neighborhoods while our beautiful country side and forest is diminishing rapidly.
Minimalism can help us…
By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness. And let’s face it: that’s what we’re all looking for, isn’t it? We all want to be happy. Minimalist search for happiness not through things, but through life itself. Thus, it’s up to you to determine what is necessary and what is superfluous in your life.
I guess what I’m saying is…make your choice. If you want to be a part of the governmental rat race and spend every cent of your hard-earned money then that’s your decision. If your idea of being rich or successful means more space, fancy cars and spending money on items that are extravagant, then I hope you are willing to put in the hours to make it happen. (Unless of course you are blessed with a lot of money already.)
Think about our country, our land and your small part in it. Don’t live by others standards…