Do you ever get the feeling that society took a wrong turn a while back? Kevin and I were lying in bed last night and I asked him if he had a good holiday weekend. He said he did but it was too short. Which made me think of just how strange our lives really are.
We work to get money to be able to afford thing to make us happy. Then, when we are older and our family is grown up, we get to stop working. Doesn't that seem backwards? Shouldn't we be spending time with our family and then work when they're gone?
The most interesting person I ever met lived completely off the grid. He had (or probably still does have, but it's been at least 15 years since I met him) a cabin in the woods with an apiary and bartered the honey for whatever goods he couldn't provide for himself. He had no running water, no indoor plumbing, no electricity and yet he was alive and well and... happy. He didn't want for anything.
What would it take for society to go to that extreme, I wonder. I'm not sure it would even be possible. I'm not naive and I know that with our lifestyle comes a lot of benefits and I know I wouldn't want to trade some of those benefits. Medical advancement, for one, is something that I wouldn't want to give up. Kevin wouldn't be alive without it. But, there is just something appealing about living a life so simple that it takes very little to be happy.
Picture time! We went to the park and the dandelions are in bloom. To some, they're ugly (and I do admit I dig them up from my yard) but to us on that day, they meant flowers for the girls hair.