I was watching a Youtube video of Miranda Lambert singing “Automatic” the other day. No, I don’t usually sit around watching music videos. J I wasn’t that familiar with Lambert, and I was curious as to why she is so popular.
So this song is about simpler times, back in the old days before technology took over our lives, and back to a time when community really meant something. Some of you may not even remember those days; some of you know exactly what I am talking about.
I have written often about growing up during the 50s and 60s, and how much simpler it was then. For sure we had our problems, but the pace of life was much slower for sure, and for me….just me speaking now…it was a more enjoyable time to live.
So I started wondering what happened? How do we fast-forward fifty years and find society living at a break-neck pace today? How did that sense of community disappear?
I don’t think there are any easy answers. I think consumerism played a huge part in our little drama. I think society got caught up in the possessions game, which led to overspending, which led to working harder just to break even. The family unit slowly disappeared with more divorces…with both parents working just to make ends meet….less supervision of the kids….
And on and on we go.
Bev and I made a decision to go simple and we are living that decision. I understand that our lifestyle isn’t for everyone. People do love their big houses and multiple cars and a garage full of possessions….I get that. The fact that it isn’t for me doesn’t mean I’m judging anyone. But for us, none of that is important. I could make more money tomorrow if I wanted to return to the rat race….but why would I? I’m happy today. I don’t have much but what I do have is priceless.