What is Simple Living?

I’ve never really thought about what it is to live simply. However, over the last couple weeks I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed thinking about my future. I’m going into my junior year and I don’t know what I’m going to do when I graduate college. The uncertainty is driving me insane.

However, last week I started packing up my school books to ship back to Chegg and I stumbled across Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I read some of it in my Mosaic Class. Even though it really isn’t my kind of book, hence my reading only the first couple chapters, I connected with some of the points he made in the book. 

One of the main things Thoreau talks about is living a life of simplicity. He explains how people become so obsessed with needing to own things we become slaves to our labor and lose our inner freedom.

The mass of men lead lives of quite desperation~Thoreau

That’s exactly how I was feeling in that moment. I became so consumed with what I want and where I want to be, I forgot to live in the moment. Honestly, I do that a lot. I forget so easily who I am today, what I have today, and what I’ve accomplished today. I don’t know about you, but it makes me anxious. The emotions that come along with overthinking are not pleasant. Now Thoreau went a little crazy and decided to live out in the wilderness for two years in order to live as simply as he could, but you got to admit he has a point. There is nothing wrong with our goals and dreams, but don’t become a slave. Don’t loose your freedom.

Simple Living is much more than just limiting the amount of stuff you have, or decluttering your wardrobe, or limiting your media consumption. To me, it’s about managing my mind. It’s a life where I am simply me without a care what others think about me. It means that I don’t measure my worth against society’s expectations. It means that I don’t strive for what others have, but rather strive to fulfill my own life’s purpose. It’s about living freely.


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