Today we celebrated our Grammie’s 96th birthday. You heard me right, 96 years old. Most people say that they don’t even want to make it to that age, but for me, as long as I have my mind and most of my health in check, I wouldn’t mind living to be 96.
My Grammie is a very, very simple woman. There really are only a few things in life that she feels she needs – her family, her black and white western movies, her heated blanket in the winter, a good piece of white fish with a side of baked potato and vegetable medley, and to feed my dog Shelby Cheerios.
This is where you laugh.
But what if there is something to living a simple life. We all say, even myself included, that we want to live a simpler life and not be bogged down by stress, chaos and the jealousy, but it’s definitely not as easy as it sounds.
So the question is, is the key to living a longer life, living a simpler life? Maybe. If you can get yourself to block out the daily negativity and surround yourself with positive people, activities, experiences…maybe we could actually do this.
Appreciating more of what we have, and less of what we could have had. Buying things to have just enough, instead of having too much. Less time wondering what other people are doing and more time on what you could be doing. More time thinking about how you can strengthen the great relationships you already have and less time reaching out to people who aren’t worth your time.
Of course saying “surround yourself with positive people, activities, and experiences,” is once again, easier said than done. But once you actually say it out loud and take time to reflect on your life, maybe it can be done. Piece by piece, you can start to eliminate the things that cause you stress and don’t make you happy, and fill them with things that do make you happy. Good luck!