I’ve always been someone who appreciates the simple things in life, so it’s no surprise that I prefer to live a simple life rather than chasing after constant busyness or material possessions. To me, living a simple life means focusing on what truly matters, like spending time with people I care about, doing things that make me happy, and taking care of myself.
Let’s face it, we’re bombarded with people every day who tell us that we need to do more and have more to be happy. Personally, I believe that by simplifying our lives, we can actually find more joy, contentment, and fulfillment.
Of course, everyone’s idea of a simple life will be different, but for me, it’s about finding balance and prioritizing the things that bring me genuine happiness. By doing so, I’ve found a sense of peace and contentment that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
So, why do I like living a simple life? Here are my top 5 reasons:
1. A game-changer for my finances.
I’m not wealthy, and I didn’t come from an affluent family either. So, I understand how challenging it can be for some people to make a living. That’s why I’m very cautious about how I spend my money. I avoid wasting it on unnecessary things and focus only on what I truly need rather than what I want. It’s not about giving up everything I desire, but about being mindful of my spending habits. Through this approach, I’ve been able to save a significant amount of money, which I can use for things that truly matter, such as helping less fortunate people, paying off debts, saving for a rainy day, treating myself to something nice, or pursuing my dreams.
At times, when I see others with fancy cars, designer clothes, or expensive handbags, I may think, ‘I wish I could have that too.’ However, I quickly remind myself that I don’t need all those things to be happy. Honestly, it feels good to know that I’m not pretending to live a life beyond my means just to impress people. I’m content with what I have, and I’m grateful for it. Plus, I always try to keep in mind that there are people out there who have a lot less than I do, which makes me appreciate my life even more.
2. It makes me appreciate little things.
I must say, living a simple life has truly helped me appreciate what I already have. Instead of always wanting more, I’ve learned to be grateful for what I have. It’s not just about things; it’s about how I treat people too. When I’m committed to someone, I don’t allow myself to look for perfection in someone else. He’ll be the best in my eyes, and no one can compete with that. I don’t train myself to always desire more from others.
I really find joy in the little things, like sipping on a delicious cup of salted caramel latte while reading poetry, watching a gorgeous sunset, spending time with my cat, or just chatting with someone I like. When I focus on being thankful for what I have, I feel more content and happy. Life just seems better that way, you know?
3. It allows me to be more present in the moment.
When I’m not constantly stressing about what’s coming next or getting all worked up about the future, I can actually stop and smell the roses—what I mean is, I’m able to fully enjoy and appreciate the present moment and savour the little moments that bring me joy, such as going for a relaxing walk, listening to my favourite music, or spending time with my best friend. Also, spending time with a best friend or someone I care about can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. When I am fully present, I can engage in meaningful conversations and create lasting memories.
Being in the moment makes me feel very calm and in control, which in the long run makes me much more productive. Also, it’s like a domino effect: when I’m in the zone, it’s much easier and more confident for me to handle other things in my life.
4. It gives me peace and contentment.
5. I can only focus on what truly matters.
For me, living a simple life means focusing on what really matters and letting go of the things that don’t. It means I’m all about saying “no” to the things that don’t align with my values and saying “yes” to the things that do. I don’t waste my time or energy on things that don’t matter to me. Instead, I focus on the things that make me happy, whether that’s spending time with the people I care about, pursuing hobbies I’m passionate about, or simply taking care of myself.
It allows me to prioritize my relationships with family and friends rather than focusing on material possessions or keeping up with a busy social calendar. Instead of feeling obligated to attend every event or purchase expensive gifts, I can focus on spending meaningful time with the people I care about. This can involve activities like sharing meals together, taking walks, or engaging in shared hobbies.
By living this way, I feel much more centered and grounded. I know that I’m putting my time and energy into things that truly matter to me, rather than wasting it on things that don’t. And that gives me a sense of purpose and direction in my life.
So, yeah, these are my top 5 reasons but I also believe that living a simple life isn’t for everyone, but it’s a lifestyle that has brought me a lot of happiness and fulfillment. By embracing minimalism and focusing on the things that truly matter, I’ve been able to reduce stress, increase my free time, improve my finances and health, and find greater joy in the small things.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the demands of modern life, perhaps it’s time to consider simplifying your life and focusing on what truly matters to you.
X, Hani. ❤