For years I juggled...................
First........ working full time and looking after a home and being a Cub Scout Leader
Then ............2 small children, a housewife, an allotment and being a Cub Scout Leader
Next.......A Saturday morning job, a housewife, 3 children, after school childminding, helping at playgroup, a big garden, a few chickens and being a Cub Scout Leader.
Followed by..........A smallholding growing veg to sell, 3 children, keeping milking goats, breeding sheep, more chickens,selling eggs, small campsite, membership secretary of the Suffolk Smallholders Society, writing for their newsletter and The Penny Pincher Paper and selling second-hand books at country shows.
And finally after the children had flown........... 3 poly-tunnels and a big garden growing large amounts of fruit and veg to sell, baking for a Country market once a week, keeping goats, looking after 120 chickens, selling eggs and running a very busy campsite.
Somewhere in there, probably in that 4th period, I remember writing a list of everything I did and wondering which I could stop doing as life seemed so hectic.
Now, apart from the illness which we can't change, life is so simple. I love it. I do the things I want to do, avoid things I don't want to do, enjoy the quiet, read a lot, make a few cards, stitch a bit, look round car boot sales, grow some food, bake a little,visit youngest and grand daughter, tour charity shops, go to 2 WI's and write for the blog.
I don't have to prove anything or strive to keep up with other people or justify my lifestyle. Enough is plenty.
Simply Living and Living Simply .
But...............I'm only 63 later this month, have I "retired" too early?