This quote has become my mantra lately. I need this reminder when I feel like I might be missing something by living in a small town. I need it when wanderlust kicks in and I just want to GO. DO. SEE. EXPLORE. EXPERIENCE. I need it when I see pictures of patios with outdoor kitchens and water features. I need it when we pass on an activity that sounds fun but is too expensive right now. I need it in moments when I’ve forgotten that all of those things come at a cost that has nothing to do with money.
We CHOOSE this life. We choose to be close to family even if means we’re far from some cultural experiences. We choose to travel less so we can live more during the 51 weeks of the year we’re not on vacation. We choose to live without some extravagances so we can spend less time at work and more at home.
This doesn’t mean we aren’t sometimes wistful for the things we must sacrifice in order to make these choices work. But it does mean that we are acutely aware that ALL choices include sacrifice and some we are not willing to make. So, for now at least, we choose the simple life.
But ours doesn’t have second breakfast. 😉