Twenty year-old me would think my current life is heinously boring.
Mostly stay-at-home mom, living in a small town on an island and I work part-time for myself making a teeny tiny fraction of my previous salary.
Fame and fortune haven’t found me.
I’m not training for anything exciting like an Ironman and I haven’t tested myself at a new sport in a few years.
I read a lot of nonfiction and couldn’t name a current top ten single.
Meal plans excite me. So does my son willingly brushing his teeth. I’m content with and fascinated by things I once thought mundane like having a family no-spend day once a week.
I’m okay with being boring. But being boring does not mean I am bored. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I was truly bored.
While a much younger me would think my current life was boring, that younger me was also bored at times. I’d be out of books to read, have no money for movies and no energy to do much because I was training three times a day. If I was lucky enough to have cable I would spend the afternoon flipping through channels just killing time until the next workout. I was ‘living the dream’ trying to make it to the Olympics but I was, in fact, sometimes bored.
Today: not bored. The life of a mostly stay-at-home-mother might sound boring, and yes, it is filled with a lot of mundane and repetitive tasks, but for me at least, I’m never bored. It’s a good thing.
Boredom often lead me to buy things I didn’t really need. Some people buy things because they’re under stress or feeling bad. I bought for those reasons but I also bought things because I was bored.
Shopping was a way to fill time and feel like something had happened.
One thing I’ve found through simplifying my possessions is an appreciation for the mundane aspects of my life. SimpleMom wrote about living a good story, even when your story includes a lot of diapers, dishes and a like clockwork tantrum before dinner.
But what does it look like to live out a good, relevant, gets-me-up-in-the-morning Story when it still just feels like…. regular life?
– Tsh Oxenrider
My life is regular and sometimes quite boring to the outside eye. That’s okay.
I’m the one living it.
If I can appreciate the simple things in my life, if I can enjoy them, that’s what matters. So I’ll be here, washing my dishes with some frugal flowers on the windowsill, tweaking next week’s meal plan so I can buy what’s on sale and when the weather is better than expected, skipping the library story time for the park.
I may be boring but I am not bored. And the difference between the two has lead me to spend less, save more and enjoy the my life as it is right now.
Do you feel like your life looks boring from the outside? What about from the inside? Please note, this does not mean I don’t get bored with some of my repetitive tasks like mopping out the bottom of our fridge every week from the condensation build up.