Imagine being able to wake up in the morning and not have to rush off to work.
Imagine being able to make some coffee or tea, making slow, yet intentional, movements, and being able to go outside to smell the nature around you.
30 minutes into your day, you still haven’t done much, but that’s okay. The delicate balance of relaxation and work, peace and energy, is in the air as you prepare for your day.
Simplicity has been front and center in my mind for the last few weeks. Freedom to do what I want, when I want, is what I want. Money doesn’t and shouldn’t really matter.
In 2017 and 2018, I’ve made my life more complicated through a series of decisions and opportunities, but now I’m looking for ways to simplify.
Simplicity is on my mind and I want it.
An hour after waking, chatting with your spouse, reading a chapter from your book, and finishing your morning drink, you are ready to go out for some exercise.
The sun is shining, and there’s still a few drops of dew on the vegetation outside of your house. There’s a little brisk from the slight breeze, but with your favorite sweatshirt, you are comfortable.
The world is your oyster and your surrounding are ready to be explored and hiked.
A quarter mile down your path, your mind starts to drift as you breath in the fresh air. Thoughts flow from thinking about your past and looking forward to the future. Later in the day, you’ll be meeting for a barbeque with friends – always a good time.
With everything going on in 2018 for me, I’ve been stressed and a little bit burn out. With a ton of self imposed work and obligations, it’s been a lot of fun but tiring.
Simplicity is on my mind and I want it.
Concrete is Not Natural
During your walk, you start to think about your past. Hustling and bustling to work downtown, cars, people, and concrete surrounded you at every turn.
There was a tree here and a park down the street, but the concrete jungle you lived in for 9 hours a day was somewhat of a new normal.
Throughout childhood and college as well, concrete was just what was around us – a new environment which humans have created for the better. Humans living in nature are barbarians. Humans living in the city are the elite.
Here’s the thing though.
Nature is natural.
Nature brings out the best in us. The fresh air, the running water of a nearby stream, and the birds chirping around us; all of this refreshes the mind and spirit to do what’s right.
Living in the city, I see a lot of concrete each and every day. Buildings in the city are square and bland. Nature is dynamic and geometric.
I’m looking to get out into nature. Too many blue-lighted screens, not enough greens.
From Screens to Greens
After your morning walk, you get back and check your phone for the first time all day. It’s about 11:20 AM, and you don’t see any notifications or emails.
You have a few hours before you go to the BBQ and decide to have a little bit of a nap.
After your nap (which was really nice), you prepare some snacks and food for the BBQ and head over to your friend’s place.
Kids are running around the yard, husbands and wives are chatting while enjoying the afternoon. The sun is at about 45 degrees and falling. The grill is going, and a small radio is playing the latest hits.
Not a worry in the world is in this little neighborhood bubble.
Getting up in the morning, checking my phone, checking my email, getting on the bus, hustling to pointless meetings, making an empty check, coming home to more hustling and work; it’s tiring.
Can I enjoy a simpler life while also being on the path towards my goals? Is there anything I can change and adjust over time to reduce noise in my life and do what matters?
The Case for Simplicity
Freedom to do what I want, when I want, is what I want.
I’m not free right now. No matter what my bank account says, no matter what my income says – I’m not free.
With a 9 to 5 to get to each day, with hustles and customers, there’s no stop to the grind.
Life is great, but life is complicated. Life is also short and we only have 1 of it.
How do I want to feel when I look back on my twenties? What should I be doing with my time, money, and energy to positively impact the world? Are there any steps that I can take to simplify my life and make it better in a shorter amount of time?
In the coming posts, and in the coming weeks and months, I’m going to continue to come back to simplicity and how I’m looking to CREATE MY LIFE around optimizing my happiness.
You have the ability to create your life and I do as well. We all have a powerful mind which will allow us to do what we want with our time and money. Will you join me in creating a life worth living?
Thank you for reading,
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