During the lockdown, like many people, I have found myself spending much less money. Restaurants are closed, as are shops and entertainment venues. I have been spending my free time hiking around our national parks, organizing my finances, reading, practicing aromatherapy, talking with friends on Skype and Zoom, etc. As for food, I usually cook simple things at home or do a cheap takeaway from a nearby hawker center. I stopped my gym membership because I found Youtube workouts so fun!
And you know what? Even though I am spending waaaaay less than I used to, I am actually more content. I guess I thought that all those purchases would make me happier? In reality, I am finding that a simple life is less busy and more fulfilling.
It’s not that I don’t appreciate money: Don’t get me wrong! But that I want to spend money and time more consciously, on the things that matter most to me.
I guess those important things are spending time with family and friends, perhaps getting a pet when living circumstances allow, my aromatherapy group, my work, travelling, and health.
This pandemic is making me rethink a lot of things. Most of all, I am glad that I am alive and well, as are the people most important to me. I am grateful I have work in this economic climate, and that I live near a beautiful national park that I can access almost every day. I feel lucky to be a part of thus Earth…