I recently wrote my thoughts on how I long for The Simple Life over on Smartly. Writing this made me think about the state of the world now, the bad economy, and how something good just may come out of the times we are in. We all tend to look on the bad side. And, don’t get me wrong…there are not-so-great things about our economy today. However, maybe some good can come out of it – in terms of people, appreciation, and family.
Face it people, the world has gotten out of control, without even realizing it. One want leads to another. One purchase to another. And, I am not just talking credit card debt as all the news broadcasters remind us of regularly. I am talking family values, real-life living, and happiness. Over the years the world has changed and happiness has evolved, judged on materialistic objects and wants.
Where I live in the northern part of the country, growing up in-ground pools were a luxury – not for the average person. In recent years more and more pools have appeared. And, not just pools…pool houses too. Gigantic luxurious play sets are the norm in backyards. Remember when going to the playground at the park was a treat? Well, now kids have it all, and then some, in their own yards. Twisty slides, bounce houses, spray grounds right in their back yards. Why go to the playground? Parties, parties, and more parties. Celebrations for everything – or should I say for everything unnecessary. Not for the right reasons. Extravagant annual all-out-blasts for children’s birthday parties with live animals and clowns. Sweet sixteen celebrations all decked out like weddings. What happened to just getting together with people for nothing other than well, getting together. No plans. No treats. No nothing other than being together.
Will the state of our economy wake us up and make us realize what is really important? Back to pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, yard sprinklers, and playgrounds? Back to appreciating what we have in life and not what we want? Back to loving what we have and not longing for what we don’t have?
Do you think the simple life will ever be back or is it just a part of our history?