When my husband and I were first married, we lived in one half of a duplex and my grandmother lived on the other side.
Like many newly married couples, our first home was nothing special.
The walls were so nasty that we asked permission from the landlord to paint them ourselves.
The bathroom wallpaper was so unattractive we were actually thankful that the previous tenant had ripped half of it off.
Our collection of furniture collection was composed of whatever our family members had gotten tired of.
It wasn’t anything special, but it was simple and it was ours.
The Complications Begin
We quickly became accustomed to our new life.
We even got used to the train track fifty feet behind us that brought noisy trains by at all hours of the night.
We gradually replaced furniture and added to our possessions.
We started accumulating things, filling up our attic and our closets.
We became more and more like the typical American household, financing what we couldn’t afford yet determined we needed.
Our first two major financed purchases:
Our first dog…bet ya didn’t know you could finance a dog. I didn’t say you should, but we could…and we did.
We also financed our first computer. It came complete with a screen that weighed as much as our couch and a printer big enough to run off your own posters (since that is such a common thing for people to do at home, right?).
I will never forget how we justified the computer purchase to ourselves. It was an expense for our new side business and after all…
We’ll never need to buy another new computer.
Appreciate the Simple Life
It’s funny now. But seeing how we so quickly complicated our lives isn’t that funny at all.
Whenever we drive by our first home, we both just sigh. “Oh, if only we could go back to the duplex.”
We didn’t realize how great it was to have a simple life until life wasn’t so simple anymore.
Can you uncomplicate your life?
Sure, you can. It’s never too late.
However, it’s always harder to uncomplicate your life than to keep it simple from the beginning.
There are SO many things I would have done differently if I had the chance. Most of them center around our finances and our possessions.
I’m hoping I get the chance to help my children avoid some of those tough lessons by teaching them principles that I didn’t learn growing up.
What life lessons do you have to share on appreciating the simple life?
Article originally published on 06/25/2013