As I sipped my morning coffee and watched the rain fall, an article from Elephant Journal appeared in my news feed:
It’s Okay to Want to Live a Slow & Quiet Life.
How often do you question if the life you are currently living is the life that feels most authentic to you?
One of the biggest questions I’ve mulled over the last eight months is, “What kind of life do I really want?”
As I pick through the versions of the lives I’ve lived over the last 15 years, what I keep coming back to is a life founded on simplicity. The life that resonates the most with me was a time I lived on a 50-acre vineyard and farm. My days felt like molasses—a slow, steady, and sweet flow.
It was a life of less in many ways but full of so much more richness because I was away from the busyness of life that is easy to get caught up in. I had time to experience the slow beauty of what was around me, the warm, summer breeze weaving between the apple trees, the distance cries from my flock of sheep, and green grass as it tickled my feet when I walked in it.
As I read the author’s experiences and journey to simplicity, I resonated with each word. Being present is a beautiful thing, and could never be beat by bright lights or fast-paced glamour.
The reaction I usually get when people hear I moved back to Michigan is usually “wow, what a change” or “you must be bored.”
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Even in Boston I spent a lot of time to myself and in quiet reflection. I enjoyed days in the park writing and walked thousands of miles, just snapping photos and listening to music. My life didn’t have any of the luxuries I was taught would make me feel “complete.”
I embraced what was right in front of me.
Although I used to spend my time going out, dating, and finding chaos, I couldn’t imagine living my life that way anymore. There’s nothing I enjoy more than going home to a quiet apartment, reading a good book, or finding solace in nature.
Simplicity has become a big part of my life, and taking on the “less is more” mentality has lifted a huge weight off my shoulders.
It doesn’t take much to be happy when you’re happy within. That’s the best gift of all.