"So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health." - A.J. Reb Materi, Our Family
Living simply has its pluses and this is one.
Living the 'American Dream' stretches you thin financially and you have to work day in and day out in order to pay all the expenses.
This leads to fast foods, lack of exercise, increased stress, lack of sleep, lack of gathering with friends and lack of vacation.
This leads to ill health, heart attacks, high blood pressure and loss of friends and family.
Live in moderation.
Keep only the things which make you happy and whatever else - needs to go away.
I truly don't think 6 cars, a 4,000 sq ft home, a vacation home and fancy clothes and jewelry are making people happy.
The happiest people I have met are the poorest financially. I've seen it time and time again.
Fiji, India, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Indonesia. I've traveled to these places and lived in many for months on end. Those who lived the simplest, lived the best. They actually lived. They did not work 18 hour days to live the American dream.
Sit down. Determine what you really really need to live and then begin living that lifestyle.
Working your butt off until you are 65 in order to have some savings around does not make sense. Why work countless hours during the best years of your life?
Why not work, save, live simply, experience things like crazy and never truly retire?
What is all this about working hard so you can have $5,000,000 in the bank when you turn 65 years old?
Why not continue to make a couple grand a month when you are 65 years old? There are 1,000's of ways to continue generating income when you're older.
America needs to forget the culture that is so ingrained in us to work hard until retirement.
Instead, develop a plan that will carry you during your senior years and then begin living right now.
Don't wait until your joints hurt and you cannot run two miles.
I have seen happy people and I have seen depressed upset people.
Happiness is not tied to bank accounts.
Happiness is tied to living and experiencing...and being healthy.
Are you living and experiencing or are you working like crazy to pay for all the things you don't really need?
Read Your Money or Your Life.
Read the Four Hour Workweek.
Both books have great things to say.
I'm off to relax and continue pondering how to simplify my life.
How are you simplifying your life?
Disclaimer: All information relating to medical and health conditions, products and treatments, is for informational purposes only. The information provided is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician.