Last Sunday, I was rereading a book and came across these words:
“I believe that simplicity is having time and space to embrace what is most important to you.”
-Janet Luhr, The Simple Living Guide
In a blink, thousand thoughts ran in my mind.
Come to think of it, it’s a very ideal to live a simple life:
To have time to spend with family and friends..
To have time to play basketball every afternoon..
To read a book in a seashore with winds gently blowing the pages.. Haha!
It’s really nice to live a life in control of your time, doing things that you love while living a comfortable life with your family.
Oh, that’s the life I want to live!
But growing older and seeing each year past like a dream, visions like that seems harder to reach. And every year, reality gently sips in to my mindset. Yeah, I’ve realized now that my dreams are not easy to reach. It requires a lot of effort and will. Being rich is not easy and definitely not a walk-in-a-park, millions of people have spent their entire lifetime in chasing great wealth but failed.
The point here is: it is not easy to achieve my “simple life”.
So how could I achieve it?
My simple answer is work hard, save big and spend small. Just live below my means.
But someday, I’d like to have a basketball team with my wife as the muse, I as the Coach and my kids as the players! Haha. That dream seems unrealistic. If I have a big family, I must work big for my family’s welfare.. and I have to sacrifice big which means forgoing my “simple life.”
At the end of the day, life is still a series of choices you make.
And each choice has it own thrills and chills.
I can live my life being single, enjoying every fruits of my labor while saving for my retirement.
What a comfortable life.
But would that make me happy and fulfilled? Maybe not.
A teenager guy who got his girlfriend pregnant and chose to forgo his dreams for the mean time to give his child a comfortable life is admirable. He could have a hard life but all his sweat for hard work is all worth it when he gets lots of love in return from his family, receiving hugs everyday. :) He may not be living a comfortable life but he is so much happy and contented in life.
But a guy who walked away from his pregnant girlfriend (who later on would commit suicide or abort the life in her womb ) who chose to live a happy-go-lucky life will never be truly happy because his conscience haunts him every single day of his life.
There a saying that we have one life to spend and so living good and comfortable life is a must.
But I beg to disagree.
I think life is not about living well.
Yeah, it’s a good choice to live a comfortable, well-lived life.
But life should not be measured by how well you have lived,
but with how much have loved,
because life is about love.
And indeed, only in loving,
we are truly alive.
So too much planning for the future is not good as well as
Too much savings for retirement..
Enjoy every moment of life.