Back in January, I decided to make my word for 2017 ‘Simplify’. Life had become so hectic and I really couldn’t see it slowing down. I felt like I was on a roller coaster and had failed in achieving Balance in my life – which was my word for 2016.
During the month the focus has been on YOU and what changes you can make to improve your life, nurture yourself and be more mindful of self-care.
Now I’m more than halfway through the year and if you have been following my blog, you will have read that I’ve been reviewing my year and taking stock of life.
Life has slowed down, my MIL is safely and lovingly cared for in an aged care facility and I’ve started to actually make my life more meaningful and appreciate the time I have in each day.
When I look around and speak to others or read articles on blogs I think we are all craving a far simpler approach to life.
I look at the next generation of parents, both usually working full-time, and trying to be ‘hands-on’ parents and giving their children every opportunity. Their lives are like treadmills, working, running their children to school and extra-curricular activities. Even grandparents can get drawn into this treadmill by helping to look after their grandchildren.
I see parents and children who really just need a break from the ‘busy lifestyle’ they have chosen, in part because of societal demands.
But is that really the way or am I being to simplistic in my attitude because I am older now? Can we realistically simplify our life?
My daughter works in a very responsible National role and her husband works full time but is also the primary care giver because that is the way life is. My daughter travels frequently but they have both been very vigilint in keeping their son and his welfare front and centre. Work might take up most of the week but at weekends it is family time – which they jealously guard. Trips to the park, the beach, walking in nature and just ‘being’ certainly makes up for the hustle and bustle of the week.
At the moment, there is also no need to ‘compete’ with other parents and children. Hopefully this will continue but it isn’t easy to buck the trend.
We all need down time and we all need a break from technology – which is supposed to make life easier but it doesn’t.
What did I want to Simplify?
There were three areas of my life that I wanted to simplify:
I wanted to change my way of thinking and not ‘over think’ which would make me anxious. Taking a moment each morning to be still and clear my mind helps.
I rearranged my blogging schedule and although I’m writing more than every, I am enjoying it more. I’ve introduced technology-free days and actually enjoy my time away from social media. I then appreciate coming back to read the comments on my blog.
I’ve made more time to read and relax. By changing how I view my retirement I can see now that I’m so fortunate to have the time to use as I wish. I don’t feel guilty spending an afternoon reading or just sitting in the sun.
So halfway through 2017 I’m feeling pretty good about my life and looking forward to next month when I celebrate my 60th birthday!
Do you live a simple life?
Do you dream of living a simpler life?
The choice is really yours!