Simple Life

I know the video and the song are mainly about marriage, but that’s not what I want to blog about here. A simple life may be too much to ask for these days. The world has gotten more and more fast-paced. All the electronic gadgets that are supposed to make life simpler and easier really make it more complicated than anything else. Because we’re available all the time on our cell phones, iPads, laptops, etc., it’s become more and more difficult to separate our work time from our family time and both of those from our time alone – thus leading to complication and stress.

I’m not the type of person who wants a lot of “stuff.” I don’t need a big group of friends or a high-profile career. I don’t want a huge house or an expensive car or a lot of neat gadgets. I still don’t even have a microwave oven. I don’t get bored easily, so I don’t constantly need to be entertained with the latest fads or TV shows.

Books, writing, a good job, a place to live, and waking up in the morning with enough to eat are good enough to satisfy me. All that “extra” stuff is nice, but I don’t want it or find it necessary.

7 thoughts on “Simple Life

  1. I love that song – No Doubt had some good stuff. And you’re right – we do have so much stuff now. I’m not quite as good as you – I’d miss my TV but I do watch period films and wish I could go back to that time – or maybe just meet Mr Darcy 🙂

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    1. In 50 or 100 years, people will be wishing that they could go back to now – because now would probably be a simpler time! Life just gets more complicated as the years go by, it seems.

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  2. Wonderful post, Maggie.

    Watching images of the Earthquake in DC really “shocked” me. As folks flooded out of the buildings, instead of talking to each other to share information and calm nerves, they were ALL TWEETING! Buried in their electronic gadgets instead of focusing on those in the immediate vicinity.

    Silly rabbits!

    Your “wish” list is apt to make you far happier in the long run than those who shop til they drop. Happiness is not in things, it is in US.

    The secret is NOT in getting more . . . it is in wanting less.

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    1. I fear that if some kind of electromagnetic pulse wiped out all technology, we’d be completely screwed. It’s sad how dependent we are on it.

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  3. I was raised a Quaker (’tis a gift to be simple, ’tis a gift to be free), but even there each person’s idea of simplicity seemed to be very different from everybody else’s.

    I do try to avoid getting what other people have just because “everybody has one.” No TV, no iPod, (no iAnything, in fact). No smart phone. No fancy new computers or big stereo systems. Lots of books, lots of comic books, a few DVDs, some CDs. Paper and pens (I do go high-end on pens, my favorites are three Lamy fountain pens, one of which I’ve had for over ten years of constant use).

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