Simple Pleasures

 Remember back in January when I imagined a simpler life?  I was trying to figure out what it meant to live simply and what that looked like for me.  Back then, I imagined this:Lots of light, a good book, and some pomegranate lemonade.  I couldn’t think of anything better to give myself than the simple pleasure of time so I could read.  I love to read, but for some reason, I’ve always felt guilty about that: “Shouldn’t I be doing something more productive with my time?”  “Would it be better if I only read non-fiction?”  “Maybe I should stop reading so much and pick up a more lucrative hobby?”  But I ignored all those voices and worked hard to simplify my schedule so I could have more time to read.

Then last week, I took this picture:(Please forgive the flip-flops.)  What you should notice is lots of light, a good book, and a delicious jamba juice (that was coincidentally pomegranate).  The best part is that none of this was staged: at the time, I had completely forgotten about that picture I took in January, but noticing this now makes me feel like I’m doing something right because I’m living exactly the way I imagined.

It’s true that I don’t have the loftiest goals in life: I work part-time in a bookstore, there are very few things that I care less about than money, and the thought of living in anything bigger than a 3-bedroom house puts my teeth on edge.  On the other hand: I love my job, I don’t worry about money (even if there is none), and I’ll always be able to afford my mortgage, when the time comes.

And for now, I have time to enjoy simple pleasures, like reading a really good book.

What simple pleasures do you enjoy, even at the expense of more productive pursuits?

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5 thoughts on “Simple Pleasures

  1. I love this. I’m like you in many ways. I have two degrees but work as a receptionist because it is less stressful and pays the bills. When I come home I can focus all of my energy on the people that matter. I live in a one bedroom apartment with a husband and three dogs, and love it. The thought of living in a much bigger space freaks me out. As far as simple pleasures, just sitting in the living room talking with my husband and watching the dogs play might be the most fun I have in a day. I could be doing something more important, but what’s more important than spending time with those you love?

  2. Love this – keep it up, do. You are so young and I rejoice that you already know all this!
    Sometimes I feel people are trying to judge me or make me feel guilty because I was a clever child and intelligent teenager and chose to become a single mom at 19 rather than go on to university and “greater” things – although I had to work for a few years at the beginning, I was later able to stay home with my 3 daughters and become a clan manager, which I have always enjoyed (and thanks to a wonderful and hard-working husband!). Sometimes it’s hard work, sometimes I have lots of time to read, but I wouldn’t change it. I can read and learn for my own pleasure, not to be pushed into a bigger, better job or higher salary (and tax) class. I have time for my family and small home, my grandchild, my four-legged friends and a beautiful day and I appreciate my surroundings. Really, why would anyone think I wasted my life?!

    • I haven’t yet read the sequel. I went and bought it, even though I was planning on waiting for the mass market. I just couldn’t wait; so I have the hardcover and it’s next on my list.

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