31 Days of Finding Freedom in Simplicity - So Many Choices

Choices, we are so fortunate to have so many choices in our day to day.  To be able to walk into the grocery store and essentially purchase anything that we could even dream of, regardless of season, or location in the world even, what a luxury.

How are we making our choices?  Our decisions? 

When you think about simple living, like we did a few days ago, did you think that it was about moving to the country and getting some chickens?  Perhaps that is “simple living” in a sense, but that definition isn’t for everyone. 

In fact, I’m sure you identify with a lot of different stereotypes when it comes to simple living.

I have always dreamed of getting in an RV and touring the country.  There is so much rich history to see in the United States, and it is something that I have wanted to do since I was in high school.  That dream hasn’t changed, but it has definitely shifted now that we have three kids.  Would it even be possible?  Absolutely!  Would it be simple?  Well, that is where it gets a bit dicey.

When I first started writing about slowing down and simple living at my old blog back in 2007, I really thought that stepping back in time was the way to do it.  I thought that if I consciously slowed down life would be simple.  Honestly, it is a different kind of life. You are firmly stepping in two completely different worlds.  Ma Ingalls never had the option to google a canning recipe.  And while this is a certain way to think about simple living, it most definitely is not the easiest way.

As you explore what simple living means to you, you will find that simple does not always mean easy.  In fact, it most often means more difficult.

It is really hard to walk outside the path that society has set out as normal.  It is hard to say no to buying more stuff because you know you can’t afford it, but watching your friends continue to purchase items you would love to have.  It is complicated to explain to your family why you are homeschooling, or why you only have one vehicle, or why you tend to purchase local foods and eat seasonally.  It is hard to explain why you don’t want a lot of toys in your home, or you choose a smaller home, or you sell everything and live in a tiny house. 

It is difficult to set yourself up on this path of simple living, and then doubly difficult to stay on that simple living path and not get caught up in the mainstream decisions that you were trying to break from.

Having the ability to make all of these choices, and decisions, is a first world problem.  We wake up every morning and, most of the time, have everything at our fingertips, allowing us to make any decision that we choose to make.  But, what happens when all those choices and decisions start to catch up with us?  Decision fatigue.  Tomorrow I will talk a bit more about decision fatigue and how it can have a negative impact on our desire for simple living.

What are some simple living choices you have made that are outside the norm?  Is it easier or more difficult to continue to follow these choices?

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