So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because your neighbors got it made
Just remember that it’s a Grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same.
We’re all the same
America spells competition, join us in our blind ambition
Get yourself a brand new motor car
Someday soon we’ll stop to ponder what on Earth’s this spell we’re under
We made the grade and still we wonder who the hell we are
Styx – The Grand Illusion
We’re all guilty of “impulse” buys when shopping, but I see parents do the same for their kids just to keep them quiet. What is that teaching them? Nobody values anything anymore, not even themselves. We eat the worst kinds of food because were in a hurry, work a job we may not even like because it pays more, never get enough exercise so we gain weight, and wonder why we feel so run down! How did we get to this point? One word…Greed!
The relentless pursuit for more and more stuff. It’s become part of everyday society to fill your closet with any and all trinkets to “improve” your life. The never ending search for the next gadget, car, fashion trend, home and even friends. Everything is built as single use or so poorly constructed as to force you to buy more in the near future. Relentless marketing beginning at a very young age, conditions children to become blind consumers of anything presented to them in the right way. The struggle for the almighty buck is a never ending pursuit.
Ask yourself how that’s working for you! When was the last time you just relaxed on a weekend without feeling that you should be doing some kind of work? 2 or even 3 jobs are becoming the norm if you want to survive. Or is it? Have you thought of reducing your standered of living before your forced to? What happens if you or your spouse looses their job, gets sick, or is involved in an accident? Now you can’t pay your mortgage, car payment and buy food. How long will your savings last?
All that hard work, long hours away from your kids, every dream you thought would make you happy, gone in an instant. Was it worth it? Think about what you gave up to acquire all those things now gone. If your still young, you may be able to get it all back again, but the one thing you can’t replace is time. Your life is only so long, and you better weigh the value of that time against what your gaining for its loss. Tick tock, tick tock!
Simply buying a smaller house, living a little farther away from work, buying a used car or only taking one long vacation a year would go along way in reducing your costs. Next thing you know, you don’t need as much money to get by. Now you have more time for the kids, time to exercise, time to cook better food, time for life while your still young! Why wait till your in your 60’s or 70’s to travel. Do it while your young enough to really enjoy it! You don’t know when your time will be up.
Many people have started down this path, just look at the “Tiny House” revolution! Why do you need a 4 bedroom house downtown when its just the 2 of you? What’s the point other than status or bragging rights. That brand new Mercedes costs more than some people spend on a home! If you make the money to afford all that, you could downsize now and retire very early and live a comfortable life while still in your prime!
I’ve never made a great salary for very long. I have lost everything I owned twice in my life. Once my own fault, once not. It makes you realize whats really important. Time and what you do with it is what’s important. How many times have you seen on the news a story about someone “Struck down” in the prime of their lives. Their widow and children lose everything because they were living right at their means. It happens all to often.
That’s why I have chosen the path I’m on. Many others have done the same. I will spend the rest of my life living very simply. Once I have my “Floating” home I will quit my full time job, go back to the work I truly enjoy, work only summers in Maine, and sail “South” for the winter. I’m sure I will still have hardships, no plan is without it’s pitfalls, but I will be happy to enjoy the time I have left doing things I like, not struggling to keep up. I will walk away from the grand illusion that is the norm in this world, and just live.