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Tie a string around your finger so you won’t forget

Lately, annoyances around my house actually bring a smile to my face. They are reminders. Reminders of a life I’ve chosen. And reminders of a life I haven’t chosen.

There’s a laundry pile in my bedroom. I haven’t had time to fold it. I used to be annoyed by this. But now, it’s a reminder that I’ve chosen to go on a bike ride or spend time with my kids.

There’s a camping trailer in my garage, taking up way too much space. It used to annoy me, but now I think of it as a reminder that having a cozy, organized, home-oriented garage isn’t my priority. Travel and adventure are my priorities.

My home phone lines are cancelled (I know, I know, the younger generation laughs at the idea of having a land line at home, but it used to be the norm). It’s no longer an annoyance to miss this – now it’s a reminder that we’ve chosen to streamline our expenses so we can live more, work less.

There are other examples, but these get the point across. Life is all about trade-offs. You can’t have it all. Even rich people can’t have it all, because they still have limited time and energy. The above examples are trade-off’s I’ve made. They make my life better, even though they require a sacrifice. But in most cases, the sacrifice isn’t really something THAT MATTERS TO ME. Instead, it’s just sacrificing a stupid societal norm, which means nothing. Such as folding laundry.

These things are reminders that I’m trying to do my own thinking. I’m trying to use my resources (time, money, energy) on what matters, not on where the herd is going.

They are the strings around my finger that remind me what road I’m taking, in case I forget. Because we all forget sometimes.

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