about music, and she wanted me to change the station to something that had "better music" than what I was listening to. (I actually don't listen to music on the radio that much anymore. Or FM for that matter.) And then she asked me why I listened to "old" music. LOL So I said, "Well, I don't ALWAYS listen to old music. I do listen to some music that was produced in the past year or so. But yes, in general, I don't listen to popular music. But you know what would be weird? If I did listen to popular music all the time. And wore all the popular fashions. And followed all the popular trends. Because you know what I'm not young anymore. It would make me odd if I was trying to follow all the stuff."
And then I added, you know, because I always feel the need to throw stuff like this in "And you know what else, by the time you are in your 40s, you just don't care as much anymore about what is popular, or what other people think. Or maybe that is just your Mom." She got a good laugh out of that last part.
But most of that is true. Now that I'm almost on the downside of my 40s (I'll be 46 in August), I find that I am not that concerned about other people's opinion of me. I mean, I'm not rude about it. I don't go out and flaunt my opinions all day long, and I don't like being argumentative either, so I don't like getting into disagreements about my opinions vs. other people's opinions , but I am comfortable in how I live my life.
And how does this tie into Simple Life? A lot actually. It was around the time that I started changing about how we lived that I started feeling like I wanted to live a more authentic life too. I wanted to do things, Simple Things, not because everybody was doing it/not doing it, etc. I wanted to do it because it felt right for me and my family. It gave me a sense of happiness and peace.
It also kind of ties into the fact that living a simple life IS more "popular" now. When we first started living like this, I felt like I was in the minority. I didn't know many people who wanted to be more self-sufficient. I didn't know that many people who were into thrifting and recycling or sewing and crocheting. I didn't know that many people who went to Farmer's market. I didn't know that many "regular" people who also cared about eating certain organic foods. Or fair-trade products. But now? I know tons. Part of it is that over the years, I've discovered more people who live like we do. But part of it is that just more people in general (I believe in large part in reaction to the economy) have become interested in being more self-sufficient.
But whether it is "popular" or not to live like this, I think that I'm in it for the long haul now. I can't imagine going back at this point. Like I said, it gives me a sense of happiness and peace. And happiness and peace? I take that feeling any day of the week.
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