Living simply can free us from the bondage of the non-fulfilling career. It frees us to choose a less financially rewarding, but more satisfying, more meaningful job. It often give us the freedom to work less, earn less, and spend more time doing what we love with the people we love.
Living simply is not easy. We sometimes purchase things we don’t need because we are exhausted from working so hard, and it feels good to treat ourselves. We can easily get caught in a downward spiral: the more we spend, the more financial pressure we feel, the harder we work, the more exhausted we feel, and the more we spend….
Live simply. There’s a lot of wisdom in doing that.
We can, however, live too simply. We can become so focused on building our net worth and saving for the future that we deny ourselves life-affirming experiences such as traveling to new destinations with our loved ones and creating lifelong memories. We might deny ourselves the satisfaction of helping a friend in need because there is a chance, however slim, that we might need that money later.
The challenge is that when we miss out on these life-affirming experiences, we miss out on them forever. We can’t change our mind and go back in time. Often, the loss is permanent.