I am Thankful for Slowing Down

Bennie isn’t spoiled at all

Yeah, Yeah, blah, blah, blah, how many more times will I have to read another what I am thankful for post?

If you are reading this post – one more time.

I am very thankful for my wife, family, friends and that my father is alive after his heart attack last fall.

Those are the things that are most important to me in my life now. Those are the things that are the same as most peoples’ Thanksgiving Day versions of what they are thankful for and in those areas I am not any different.

The one area that I am thankful for that is different is an area that is very personal to me.

I am thankful that we had the courage to walk away from the “American Dream” and enter into early retirement.

The generally accepted idea that more, more and more is the way we all should live, is not the direction we are taking. The pretentiousness of always needing the newest, the greatest or the latest whatever is not for us.

We worked hard and have/are sacrificing much to enter the so-called label of retirement now and I will look anyone square in the eye and tell them to “kiss my ass” if they don’t like it. If they don’t think we have earned our right to choose or think that it is a negative thing we have done, by walking away from the rat race that is their problem, not ours.

Yes money is a lot tighter than it used to be, yet at the same time I believe that our standard of living has sky rocketed, we just don’t have as much “stuff” or are as consumer driven.

The immediate benefits have been that we are now:

  • spending more quality time together
  • more healthy
  • less stressed
  • eating better
  • have more time to do things we enjoy
  • exercise more
  • and those are only the tip of the benefits we are seeing

Those are all things that were negatively being affected by being part of the “rat race” and were negatively affecting our quality of life. All too often, we forget that the quality of our lives is more important than the quantity we attempt to put into them.

So beyond all the usual things that most everyone is thankful for, I am thankful that we are purposely slowing down our lives and living much more simply and thoughtfully about what we do.

The final thing that I am thankful for is that I do live in the United States of America – for all its warts, nastiness and divisiveness at times (which I get tired of all too often), I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Inspite of all that has been said and is being said negatively about my Country, it is the land that I love.

By the way did I tell you I am running mostly pain free and for that I am very thankful. 😉   I just couldn’t stay serious the entire post.