Back ♥ Home = happy place (physically & mentally)
Bridges = help us get there
Keep it Simple…. Keep it Real.
Sounds easy, huh?? Well, turns out (sometimes) it’s not so easy.
Sometimes we become trapped by the Illusions of Life, and it’s hard to break free.
I recently had a birthday.
And like many people, my birthday’s not just a time to indulge in
it’s also a time for self-reflection.
This year I reflected upon the importance of “Keeping it Simple and Real”.
Reminding myself to slow down and strive for clarity, balance and harmony.
And remembering, sometimes the challenges in our lives, often teach us the best lessons.
I was a newlywed during the Reagan Era and was swooped-up into the,
More Is Better Mentality.
Reaganomics resulted in the greatest Wall Street Bull Market since the 1920s.
It was an Era of Great Prosperity… generating more wealth, for American families, than any other time in US History!!
And in keeping with Madonna’s (1985) mega-hit “Material Girl”… my lifestyle mirrored the relevant lyrics of the time:
Cause we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
I checked ALL the boxes:
- Town & Country McMansion
- Luxury Cars
- Country Club Memberships
- Black-tie Galas
- Exclusive Resort Vacations
- More & More & More!!
So, what insight did I gain from acquiring so much stuff during the 80s???
#1. It was exhausting.
#2. It made life chaotic, complicated and confusing!
#3. Sometimes material things become a replacement for the
more meaningful things in life.
About a decade ago…there was one day that clearly put it all into perspective for me:
I was at a stop light and looked at the woman in the car next to me.
She was lovely and had a look of luxury.
Her hair perfectly coiffed, awesome sunglasses, expensive jewelry
and she had that confident smile and overall look of contentment.
I noticed she was driving a Mercedes-Benz
and made a mental note to myself:
“Of course she’s HAPPY…
she’s living the dream in her fancy Mercedes,
with all of her fancy “things”…”
In contrast, I felt worn-out, stressed, empty….
It was easy for me to believe she had what I needed.
And as the light turned green, and I glanced back to the road ahead of me…
I noticed the Mercedes-Benz symbol on my own steering wheel
of my brand-new car.
Turns out for me, More wasn’t Better and Fancy things weren’t the answer!
Shortly after that day of reckoning…
I was faced with a choice between the two (material things or meaningful things), and I handed them all over in exchange for ___________.
(You Name It… Just Fill-in-the-Blank)
I handed it all back to the hollow person I shared that life with… (on a Silver Platter in fact, LoL) and I had No Regrets.
All of those Things were just providing smoke n’ mirrors to create an illusion and confuse me into believing, it was a Good Life…
when the truth was, I was in an empty relationship and I wasn’t living my life authentically.
I longed for something simple and real.
Don’t get me wrong… some people can live that exclusive “Town & Country Lifestyle”,
authentically and happily (or at least I think they do??)…
it just wasn’t a good fit for me.
It all became a band-aid and distraction to cover-up what was really missing…
what was truly important.
Of course, I still love pretty things and adventurous travel… But, I feel (at this ripe old age) the Bridges I’ve crossed have helped me to finally arrive Back ♥ Home…
Full Circle, where I belong, where I want to be.
Ironically, my sister sent me this Birthday Card which pretty much sums it up!!
Keep It Simple, Keep It Real & Smile Along The Way!!!