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A Simple Life

Christmas came and went. I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break. Ours was a relaxed one which was what we wanted, so all good here.

2019. A new year. I used to make New Year’s resolutions when I was younger. I haven’t made one in ages although I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wanted to change in my life and I’ve come up with only one thing:

I want to lead a simple life.  

I’m not really religious but Pope Francis Christmas message did hit a chord with me. He said:

Forego the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity and love.

I’ve seen photos of children on social-media opening presents and they had piles and piles of presents, more than they’ll appreciate. I saw a toddler sit in front of a pile and the child didn’t even know what to do with the tons of presents in front of him.

How much does a child need to be happy on Christmas day? Do we really need that much? Do we really need expensive presents to make us happy? Thank goodness I’ve never been brand conscious and designer clothes/bags have never appealed to me. I don’t want to sound self-righteous but I don’t think I’ll be able to justify to myself spending that much on something knowing that other people have nothing.

At the moment, I want to do a massive clear-out of all the stuff we don’t need. We have loads of crockery courtesy of my in-laws. Every time they get rid of stuff, without even thinking whether we need it, my usual response is “We’ll take it!” when they ask if we want it. As a result, we have more dinner plates I’ll ever need. We have more than a couple of gravy bowls, milk jugs, as if we’ll ever need more than one. My husband says “But you break things, Dean”. True and when I do, we’re lucky there’s always something to replace it with. But do we really need all that stuff?

I’ve resolved not to buy anything unless we really need it. I resolve not to buy anything just because I want it. That will be my mantra. Hopefully, I’ll stay true to my word. After all, as I’ve mentioned, how much stuff do we really need? Surely we only need the basics?

What about you? Do you also aim for simple living?