living a simple life

For as long as I can remember, I've said, "I want to live a simple life." But what do I really mean when I say this? In what ways simple? 

I'm not sure I can explain in adequate detail what this simple life looks like, I just know that living a simple life appeals to me. Makes sense to me and is a good fit for me. As a young girl there where times when I dreamed of greatness, attention and wealth, because isn't that what we are taught to work towards? Isn't it what happens when we fall for the falseness that we see in magazines, movies and TV?

Yet deep inside my soul, it was the simple life that I really hoped to have. I've learned that having a simple life takes action, just as living a high life does. A simple life doesn't just happen to you; you make it happen for you.

When I stive to live simply, it makes me feel more in control, more content, more at peace. Making simple choices means simple in size, like the home I live in. Simple in my wardrobe, becaue too many clothes makes it hard to get dressed in the morning. Simple in the foods I eat, which is both a choice, and a physiological necessity for me to thrive. Simple in the people I surround myself with and call friends. I've always been one who has a few close friends, this way I can give them more of myself and enjoy more of them. 

There are countless ways to make your life simple. It only takes the desire to do so. With each passing year, I dial it back more and more to the basics, holding on to fewer possessions, fewer hurts, fewer expectations of others, (and of myself), and fewer regrets. I let go of that which does not make me happy to make more room in my simple life for joy. And making my life simple doens't mean it is bare or dull or with out color, sparkle and light.

Simple hasn't replaced passion; it has made it easier to know more passion. 

I can see far into the future when I am old. Waking early to watch the sun rise as I give thanks for another day and the life I've had thus far. I'll spend my days creating art and writing, loving the ones I love, enjoying the company of my dog, and feeling the peace I worked so very hard to cultivate.