All the same right? Sort of
- Simple Living: “Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have rather than want.”
- Living Simple: “Used to refer to a manner of living in which a person does not own many things or use many modern machines and usually lives in the countryside.”
- Voluntary Simplicity: “Lifestyle in which individuals consciously choose to minimize the ‘more-is-better’ pursuit of wealth and consumption. Adherents choose simple living for a variety of reasons, including spirituality, health, increase in ‘quality time’ for family and friends, stress reduction, conservation, social justice or anti-consumerism, while others choose to live more simply for reasons of personal taste or personal economy”.
We’ll make the argument that they are all mostly the same, but which one do y’all think we associate the most with?
If you said, ‘Voluntary Simplicity’….you’re right. We have a variety of reasons we chose voluntary simplicity and while we aren’t entirely there yet, we plan to be. Born in the early 80s to growing up in the 90s, life was depicted as having ‘things’, big houses, expensive cars, etc. From MTV’s ‘Cribs’ to music videos, to movies & music on the radio, all you heard or all you would see was that bigger is better, more is greater than less, and who you are is relative to the ‘things’ you own.
How did it get that way?
Comparably, Americans’ seem to identify who they are with their career. In fact, I bet if you asked someone in their late 30s to 50s to ‘tell you about themselves’, the first thing they will tell you is about the kind of work they do. I know, because that used to be me. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just an indication of one’s mindset. We can’t wait for folks to ask us about ourselves…Between RV’ing adventures, travel, fitness, & our dogs, we usually run out of time to even mention our jobs. They aren’t the 1st thing that comes to mind…and that’s ok.
The last 18 months of our journey has certainly been focused on ‘more-is-better’, but not related to things. We love creating our own path!