Live with less so you can have more
It’s no secret we live in a culture where success is measured by money. We are programmed as children to work hard, receive higher education, and make the highest paycheck that we can at the end of the day.
Luckily, I took myself out of this equation, and disconnected from the States for over a year when I lived abroad in the Caribbean.
When I decided to leave the islands and return back to the mainland, I came back with a new outlook on life and was determined to not let that fade away.
LIVING WITH LESS
I know what it’s like to have nothing and start over. I sold all of my belongings, not once, but twice, and now live a life free from attachment to things.
I clearly remember the day on St. Croix when I spent my last five dollars on food, not knowing when I would eat again. This was the first time in my life that I ever knew what it was like to be broke.
From these experiences I learned that money comes and money goes and certainly does not buy happiness. Although having money makes life a lot easier, I have to wonder — at what cost?
As I transitioned back into the whirlwind of life in the States, I longed for the quiet days on the island. I decided that where I lived and what I had would never determine my state of mind.
Although consumerism can cast an ugly spell, I broke free from it and live a fuller and happier life accomplishing more than I could ever imagine. So what’s the secret?
THE SECRET FOR MORE
I think we would all agree that time is one of the most precious assets we could ask for. Everyone wants more of it, especially to pursue our passions. Why does it seem that passion and happiness is that last thing on our “to-do” list when it could be the first?
So just as the title of this article implies, I’ve learned to live with less and now I do have more. Instead of a life that will buy me a lot of stuff I pursue a life that fills me up with happiness — happiness that will last longer than the latest shiny object.
One of the best decisions I made was selling my television and eliminating cable. Now I spend time painting, writing, reading, and going to the woods. I also cook all my meals and now prefer to eat at home with friends to create meaningful memories around the dinner table.
You have the power to choose. Live the life you dream about and start by pursuing it today, little by little.