When I was little, I always wanted a large house with a nice car and lots of money. I know I was not alone in wanting these things, and until recently it was still my dream.
Everywhere we look, on TV, in magazine’s and even talking to those around us, the idea that we should all be striving for bigger better things is constantly being thrown at us. Keeping up with the Jones is the term for this or one of them, and I used to try and play along although we have never been in a position to really keep up.
Then, one day when I was feeling as though I had failed because we didn’t have our own home or a nice big shiny car, I knew my mindset was wrong. I wasn’t happy and I knew that having these things wouldn’t make me happy either.
Living a life where I am happy with the things we have is what I want out of life. Being able to spend quality time with my family and eating healthy food are my main aims. Money, although we need it, we only need enough to achieve this.
It’s about finding our balance, earning enough to live the life we want, not what others have. By embracing this and not feel as though we are wrong for not wanting all the material things society expects us to have, I’ll be happy.
My dream home now?
The one accompanying this post. Living in a wood, being as self-sufficient as possible and embracing the world around me, cherishing what we have and knowing we are limiting our impact upon the world and hopefully leaving a legacy through our children.
Don’t get me wrong, if you have the life I used to dream of and are happy living like this then fair play to you, but it’s not for me. I have a long way to go to achieve my dream life, but by sharing these thoughts and our journey along the way, these are the stepping stones to fulfilling this dream.