For the past 10 years, I have been saying that I value time far more than money. After losing my job in November I can honestly say that this is definitely true. Making a lot of money just makes you spend more money on things that placate you for all the time you don’t have. I shopped a lot for clothes, ate lunch out once or twice a week, ordered things I didn’t really need.
You Don’t Own Your things. Your Things Own You.
The more you buy, the more you have to maintain and the more it costs you. A bigger home means more furniture and more to clean. An expensive car usually means a sizeable car payment. A bigger yard equals more to mow. I love being outside so I would never pay to have my lawn care hired out unless I was physically unable.
Now that I am free and I do mean FREE, I enjoy life more. I am rediscovering that I actually like, rather than dread cooking. I am working on being more fit (not doing so hot yet). I am reading more, writing more. The biggest change is that I am relaxed.
Perspective is Different
I have typically been a very ‘type A’ person so this is a BIG deal. I didn’t realize how tight I was wound until I was unemployed/retired for a few days. This has been a great time for me. I enjoy being a housewife. I don’t even mind laundry which I used to HATE. What I have realized is taking care of my husband and home gives me personal satisfaction that I never expected. When you work over 40 hours a week and some on weekends, you never really get to decompress and you are always feeling you need to ‘catch up’ on things at home.
Be Happy in the Moment
My husband has been very supportive of whatever I decide to do at this stage in my life. I don’t know if I will go back to work. I think for now I am great with being where I’m at….home.