I recently bought some wall art with that saying, and it ended up in my shopping cart to come home with me because it truly is how we live our lives for the most part. We don't have many things. Sure, we own our home, have a newer TV, nice clothes and food in our cupboards, but when it comes to things of value, they are few and far between.
We own both of our cars outright, and they both have seen better days. We have been using the same hand-me-down loveseat as our couch since we moved in. Going out to an expensive dinner for us is dropping $40. Splurging on a date night is going to the regualr movie theatre, and not the $3 one. We have never been the type of couple that are constantly "keeping up with the Joneses", and we are happy knowing that it doesn't take money or items to make us who we are.
So, I bought the wall art to put up on our wedding pictures wall, where it looks perfect. Not too long after I had put it up The Hubster and I found ourselves referencing it several times in a conversation that would continue into the evening and onto the next day, a conversation sparked by someone who would look at that saying and probably laugh. Laugh because things are important to them, to the detriment of their family and lifestyle.
This is someone that we've come to realize we don't know very well at all, so when we sat back and looked at the situation we were able to see it for what it is. We asked ourselves why someone would be drawn to having things over a happy life, things over stability, things over a savings.
Things over friendships.
We came to this conclusion... We can never begin to understand what makes others do the things we do, we can only be responsible for ourselves. All we want to do is live life simply to simply enjoy life.
Who cares if we don't have the best cars, or the nicest of everything. Who cares that I buy store brand items when it really makes no difference, or that I rarely pay full price for anything. Who CARES if others think down on us because of our choices. They're our choices and we no longer care about what other people think of us or the decisions we make. We are who we are, and if you make a decision based on thinking we are cheap, selfish, penny-pinching, or whatever, well then, I feel sorry for you. Sorry you don't get to know who we really are, sorry that you are so quick to judge, and sorry that there is something so wrong in your own life that makes you feel as if you can sit in judgement on others.
And this is where the apoligies end.
THIS is who we are. Unabashedly, unapologetically, irrevocably us. Penny-pinching, sale shopping, life loving, and respectful... This is who we are. We live simply...
so that we can simply enjoy life.