One of the most memorable lines in Finding Nemo is the innocuous “Look! Something shiny!” that Marlin (Nemo’s father) uses to distract Dory. Immediately distracted from her current train of thought, she is then led astray – all because of her preoccupation with shiny things.
Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, this year’s birthday has stretched out from Easter (where some friends gave me my first birthday present for this year), and will continue on until kel and I go to Melbourne next month – that’s an awesome length of time for it to be my birthday! As I continue to open the variety of different presents, I’m grateful, but also reminded of how shallow I am.
Am I just like Dory? Quite apart from presents, am I so distracted by material possessions, lifestyle “must-haves”, this desire to own things, that I’ve lost touch with what’s really important? Can I even let go of the things that I have now?
Right now, we’re looking at putting together a house deposit, so that if/when we have kids, they can run around in a house that we own, rather than in a unit that we’re renting. I’m also aiming to
- have a one-income-family kind of situation as much as possible
- to have a job that gives me enough time left over to be involved at church
- to manage somehow to be at home, spending time with my family while not defaulting on the mortgage
How do we do that? By looking at what parts of our lifestyle we can get rid of. I’m surprised at how hard this is. There are so many (expensive) things that are part of my life now, and I can’t quite imagine doing without them, but it looks like I’m going to have to.
Has anyone else noticed that their lifestyle is getting out of control? Or that my lifestyle is out of control – I can take it… Should I just give up on the idea of owning a house? Of owning a house in Sydney?