This is a song that I live by: Simple Man by Lynard Skynard. Read these lyrics and perhaps you’ll live by them too. I hope you do.

 

Mama told me when I was young
Come sit beside me, my only son
And listen closely to what I say
And if you do this it’ll help you some sunny day

Oh, take your time don’t live too fast
Troubles will come and they will pass
Go find a woman you’ll find love
And don’t forget son there is someone up above

And be a simple kind of man
Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me son if you can?

Forget your lust for the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me son if you can? Oh yes, I will

Boy, don’t you worry you’ll find yourself
Follow your heart and nothing else
And you can do this, oh baby, if you try
All that I want for you my son is to be satisfied

And be a simple kind of man
Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man
Oh, won’t you do this for me son if you can?

Baby be a simple, be a simple man
Be something you love and understand
Baby be a simple kind of man

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Beautiful, isn’t it? Society gives us so much pressure to determine our success through economic status. Thanks to this song, money means little to nothing to me now. Why should it? If I have enough to live, I am happy. I will live simply, I know that the more things I have, the more things I have to worry about. No one really cares about how much money you have, and if they do, then they’re (for lack of a better word) ignorant.

I have friends who want to start small businesses, help underpriveliged kids, and teach. The best part of this is that they all know they aren’t going to have a mansion with a garage filled with luxury cars. They are following their heart, and I am so blessed to have genuine friends and family that are willing to put money aside and base their success off of happiness. That is really what life is about.

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We all know the saying “Work to live, don’t live to work.” I recently read an article by the Huffington Post called “Bronnie Ware: Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.” I know it sounds like a depressing read, but it was very interesting and I’ve been thinking about the article ever since I read it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bronnie-ware/top-5-regrets-of-the-dyin_b_1220965.html

Here are the top 5 regrets of the dying the Ware wrote about in the Huff Post on 1/21/12:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

 

Ware began the article by explaining where she received such information. “For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last 3 to 12 weeks of their lives.” Regrets are very powerful, and I’m sure no one wants to live with them. I hope you take these 5 points into consideration no matter how old you are or what is going on in your life.

Listen to this song whenever you feel like you are doing something to please others, or if you’re putting work before your family. Listen to it when you’re feeling like you’re putting happiness on the back burner or when you feel like you’ve lost touch with loved ones. As you grow old you will realize that there will be a day that you wont be able to take care of yourself: your friends will. Keep in touch with them. Life does not have to be complicated. There are responsibilites that are a part of life, but they should not become a burden.

So go live a simple life and leave the stress behind! You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them!

 

 

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