You could move to an undiscovered island in the middle of the ocean or an oasis in the desert, but what about living a simple, quiet life right where you are!
Whether we go out to work or not we all have to live as part of the world. Although with the appearance of online shopping for just about anything and everything you could hide from the world permanently. However, unless we actually make a slot where all our groceries and shopping is dropped into and then we can pick it up later we will all come into contact with other people at some point or other.
The word ‘simple’ seems to have become synonymous with ‘minimalism’ and in some ways that is true but i am no more a minimalist then i am an astronaut. However i do desire a simple life. Often my internal image of a simple home is one of white rooms and white furniture but that certainly isn’t me. I have my own version of a simple life.
To me living a simple quiet life means removing all the unnecessary noise and distraction from my life, also the ‘stuff’ much of which is not actually mine but seem to have accumulated in my home. For many years my house has not been my home but a storage space for left overs from different children at different times and i have to admit that some of those things are my left overs too. We store things with the belief that one day it WILL be useful, but often things are put in boxes and not used again and rarely even seen for years. However i do not have any white rooms and definitely no white furniture.
Last year i set myself the task of moving my life along. It did not move along in the way that i expected it to at times, but i have accepted that there are many things i have little or no control over, it was difficult at times. Now i have realised that i like what i have, a simple, quiet life and i want to build on that this year.
This year i want to look at what is it about my life that makes it simple and quiet and how and why i like it that way. Also how i am going to maintain this life style. How to find space for the things that matter to me, just me and how to make my life real. Maybe a 100 days of decluttering was too much? But i am still doing it and will continue to do so, one day at a time. I am still working in my Happiness Project too, more about another day.