Today is day ten of Blogust! To see all of the Blogust posts click here.
I am a firm believer that everyone should take time out of their day to appreciate the little things in life. The everyday rush can make your days boring and dull. Stop and smell the roses (so cliché, but really). We as humans are in the mindset of “Go Go Go” and rarely have a chance to catch our breath. Whatever is consuming your time put it on pause.
As a privileged teenage girl I constantly want the coolest and newest clothes, shoes, makeup, etc. Retail Therapy is practically my middle name. I have learned that after buying lots unnecessary things (whether it is nail polish or maxi skirts) I feel empty afterwards- and so does my wallet. Sure, buying things is fun. In the long run it doesn’t solve any problems. It can numb the pain temporarily and distract you from the real issue at hand. I am a huge culprit of this. For instance, just yesterday I had a petty breakdown over which length LL Bean Boots to purchase. I couldn’t decide between the 6 inch or 8 inch ones. I spent a solid two hours researching how to style each and reviews people posted. Finally I settled on the 6 inch ones. After clicking the “confirm purchase” button I felt like I was on cloud nine. I have been wanting these boots for so long and now they are finally mine… About ten minutes later I reevaluated my life. How dumb was that? Why am I spending $89 on boots… in the summer?! Sure they have been on my “wish-list” for awhile and I will wear them when the time comes. But why did I HAVE to have them now? Flashback to Friday night: My parents and I were having an intense argument about college and my future. Let’s just say things got ugly and I ended up falling asleep on my bedroom floor with a scratchy throat from yelling and bloodshot eyes from crying. Have you figured out why I bought the boots yet? They were basically something to make me feel better; Retail Therapy at its finest. Where am I going with this? I didn’t need to buy the boots. I needed to appreciate that I have parents who can afford to send me to college and care about my future. I need to appreciate that I even have parents. They put a roof over my head, food in my stomach, and clothes on my back.
The world is such a beautiful place. You just have to open your eyes and look around a bit. I found it helpful to make a list of my favorite “Simple Treasures”.
Have a look at a few of mine:
- Rainy Summer Nights. Perfect time to curl up with a book and a cup of tea.
- Smiles. They make anyone 100 times more beautiful.
- Winter in general. Fresh fallen snow, twinkling Christmas lights, and candles burning. What could be better than that?
What’s your take on “The Little Things in Life”? What are some of your “Simple Treasures”?