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Embracing A Simple Lifestyle: Saying Goodbye To A Life That Was No Longer Working

Updated on February 5, 2013
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I had a friend ask me the other day what I had done that day, and my reply was that I had done next to nothing. An honest answer in that I hadn’t done any of the things we associate with “doing things.” I hadn’t worked, nor had I run errands, gone shopping, done chores around the house…by the standards of today’s modern world I had indeed done nothing

But upon closer inspection I had done quite a bit. I visited with loved ones and friends. That took up quite a chunk of that particular day. I sat in the sun and listened to the birds and watched the clouds flow by. I stalked a deer and took a close-up picture for my memory box. I read for awhile and even managed to find time to do some writing and take a nap. Food for body, mind and soul.

I have worked one job or another for nearly forty-five years, longer than most of you reading this have been alive. I have owned businesses, been married, been divorced, raised a son on my own, climbed mountains, fought the rat race, owned homes, done lawn work, played sports for decades….in other words, I have lived life at a reasonably fast and non-stop pace.

Now, at sixty-two, I have decided that it is time to step back, gear it down a bit, and appreciate those things that for decades were ignored. And I have never been happier. I absolutely love my life. First time ever I have been able to say that….i love my life. I do not feel the need to “do” anything. I help others when I can, make sure I take time for myself, and love those so important to me. It is an amazingly full and rewarding life I live today.

When I wrote that reflection I had just finished my second year of teaching at a private school in Beaverton, Oregon. I was about three weeks from starting a new teaching endeavor in Olympia and was seriously contemplating semi-retirement at the soonest possible date. Little did I know that I would leave that new job two months into the school year because of unacceptable working conditions. In other words, my peace of mind was more important to me than the paycheck that job offered.

Is it possible for those of you reading this to do the same thing? Of course, most of us have to work. We have responsibilities that have to be met; that is an absolute that can’t be denied. There are jobs and debts and families and the list seems endless at times. Where is the time in that hectic day of yours to just be? Well, folks, you’ll have to answer that question for yourself. I can tell you the steps I took to put myself in position to do what I did, and I can also tell you the decisions I made to make it all possible.

HOW IT BEGAN

It began with a realization that I was not satisfied with my lifestyle, that it was not bringing me happiness. I had worked for over four decades, for the most part the typical nine-to-five scenario, five days a week, that leaves a person exhausted at the end of the week and wondering why the weekend is so short. Whoever came up with the forty hour work week was either a sadist by nature or had never worked under the conditions they envisioned. And since I was a fairly typical American, I managed to spend most if not all of my income each month. That left me with a vision of the future where work was necessary and just breaking even was the best I could hope for. In addition, I couldn’t help but wonder how much longer I was able to handle the stress and the physical demands of working full-time? The typical adult works straight through their most productive years only to enter retirement too tired and beaten down to finally enjoy the golden years. Needless to say, after imagining a fairly realistic representation of my future, I was not overjoyed. So what could I do? What could I change? What facets of my life were set in stone and which could be altered or eliminated? Thus the quest for a better future began.

CHANGE WAS NECESSARY

My needs were few. I needed shelter, food, and a few creature comforts. I have never needed the newest toy, the flashiest car, the next high tech gadget. It’s just not who I am. I was at that time renting a wonderful cottage on four wooded acres and I enjoyed the freedom that renting gave me….no lawn work, no repairs, no property taxes, etc. Since I live alone my grocery bills weekly amounted to less than $50, certainly not an extravagant drain of my income. I decided to monitor my spending for a month to see what I was spending my money on and by extension what I was wasting. Every penny was accounted for and at the end of the month I had a fairly good idea what I needed to do to shave expenses.

Once I had spending down to the lowest possible level I needed to look at my income. What if I quit my full-time job? Where would the money come from? I had just reached early retirement age, but my Social Security was not going to meet expenses, so that left the necessity of a part time job. Considering the fact that I had worked full-time for four decades, the thought of working part- time sounded damn good to me. Even in today’s uncertain and unstable economy, a part time job is not that hard to obtain. I also liked the freedom that a part time job gave me, and I also had the realization that if something better came along I could always switch part time careers.

A HAPPY ENDING

All of this took some time to formulate and make a reality, but today I write when I want to; I take on only the writing jobs that I want; I draw early retirement; and I lack for nothing. This minimalist lifestyle has become somewhat of a challenge to me. How can I further cut expenses? Where can I make a few extra dollars of income without infringing too much on the free time I have grown to love? As I write this it is eight a.m. on a Wednesday morning. I am having my cup of tea and watching the rain fall as I write my hub and organize for the rest of the day. Around noon I will go for a walk with my girlfriend/significant other/soulmate and we will talk about our future farm that we plan on buying and while we are walking we will watch the birds flying and the clouds drifting by and we will say hello to the neighbors. I am still young enough to enjoy life, my health is great, and I am stress free and in a very positive frame of mind. In other words, as I said earlier, I love my life.

I am not implying that most of you can just quit your job and live in a Utopian world of self-sufficiency. I am, however, suggesting that you can change your way of thinking about what is and is not important and make some decisions that will allow you more freedom to enjoy life and spend more time with loved ones. Is it more important that you buy an expensive gift for a loved one or that you spend more time with that loved one? Is it more important that you live in a bigger house and drive a newer car, buried in debt, or live more frugally debt-free? I know what I want; I took the steps necessary to achieve those things. Now it’s your turn. As Mr. Spock was fond of saying, “Live long and prosper!”

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

To see my Kindle book about Lifestyle Choices, or to order it, go to http://www.amazon.com/Lifestyle-Choices-ebook/dp/B007ZV9G2U/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336064586&sr=1-3

For other billybuc hubs on this topic see:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-Why-Am-I-So-Happy

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-Its-All-About-Perspective

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      Kathleen Kerswig 5 years ago

      This is a great hub! Changing our thinking is the first step in making any headway. I'm so glad I saw this tonight. I am beginning to look at shifting gears, writing more and building my own business, rather than continuing to work as a bookkeeper for twenty more years. Thank you for sharing - I will start changing my thoughts right now! :)

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      Sandy Malzahn 5 years ago

      Love your way of thinking!!! I have always looked up to you as a very special role model and I continue to look up to you and respect your way of life. Hopefully, one day I will be able think like you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathleen....thank you for following along and I wish for you what I have found for myself. I know from experience that is easy to trap ourselves in a lifestyle that ultimately is bad for us; the only way to escape is to escape by changing our thought pattern...was it The Eagles who said we never even knew we had the key? May you find your key!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandy, you will always hold a special place in my heart; thank you for your continued support and love.

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      instantlyfamily 5 years ago

      You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      instantly....thank you so much. I'm humbled by your words. My goal in writing has always been to touch people in some way and your words make me glow.

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      Don Simkovich 5 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      I wish had more time to write a longer comment -- but I have to do some chores here in the house! I appreciate this hub and I will definitely bookmark it. What you've written deserves serious reflection. My passion is for younger people to save their money for retirement but also for living more simply.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Don, I thank you for reading the hub and for your comments. I know not what is best for others but for me this is the only way I can go and be happy.

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      hazelwood4 5 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      Billybuc, Thank you for sharing another thought provoking and moving Hub. Isn't it amazing how many people out there are trying to keep up with the Joneses to be happy, but they would be happier if they lived more of a frugal life. I always say, "Take time to smell the roses.":)Thank you for sharing!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is fabulous, especially for a newbie. I must say- Good for you! I too left my job in the legal field because it was breaking my heart putting my baby daughter in daycare. I never felt good at all about strangers raising her. With LOTS of sacrifice I am now a stay at home Mom and I think it is a blessing for all of us. I think we can all learn much from the lesson you have presented here. Well done!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      hazelwood4, it is always a pleasure hearing from you and reading your comments; thank you for the faithful following. Just between you and me I never cared that much for the Joneses...terribly self-possessed people in my opinion. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tammyswallow...thank you for the greeting and the compliment and hooray for you regarding the decision to stay at home. I look forward to reading your hubs and hearing your story.

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      hazelwood4 5 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      So so true!:)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Aloha nui Billybuc! Wonderful Hub! I am so inspired by your courage, strength and convictions. Thank you and WELCOME to HubPages!

      Lisa

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lisa I truly appreciate those words; if my writing inspires just one person then it is worth it.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Wow. You inspire me to act on my "dream" of selling the house and going off to build a cob house...and not work in the rat race. Hehehe...and I'm only 32...

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      Mick Smith 5 years ago from Warwick, RI

      Yeah I recently have been going through something like this. You work constantly, and you have very little precious time off, and to top it all off you really dont like your job. You have to wonder, Is this what life is about? Can it be better? Well i think it can. Great hub and great writng.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I commend you for achieving what you want - I too am living a frugal debt-free lifestyle and enjoy the time to do what I want that it has given me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A cob house? I'll have to look that up. Thank you for following along on my journey and best of luck to you as you reach for the stars.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      markmic36....yes, I think it can be better. I think we all fall for the status quo and believe it's the only way. I wish you luck in finding a new way for yourself; thanks for reading my hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire...I just dropped by your site and I'm looking forward to reading your hubs. Congratulations on the debt-free lifestyle; the freedom we have found is incredible. Thank you for reading my hub.

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      A very inspirational hub that once again shows that money cannot buy happiness - in fact, it often shackles us to misery! I am much happier working freelance from home where I am available for the kids, can go on field trips and train for marathons. I don't make any where near the money I did as a private attorney, but my life is so much happier. I am finally ME! Glad to read your thoughts and experiences in this regard. Congratulations on saying goodbye to a life that wasn't working!

      p.s. I love Olympia! We will be visiting family there this weekend :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      steph...thanks for reading and we are in total agreement. Money may be necessary but it certainly isn't everything. Glad we are both happy and enjoy your time in Olympia.

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      jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Its great to be able to say, "I am loving my life". Thank you for sharing your story of what really matters in life. Time for yourself, the things you love, and the people you love. Thats life in a nutshell. I think its important to not live according to what people think is time well spent. Perhaps people are jealous of others being able to be with themselves. Regardless, of the reason, we should stay true to our heart. We should never cheat our heart. Because your heart knows best. Best wishes for a wonderful time. Your a great inspiration. Its great to be able to see both ends of the world. Voted up. Beautiful and useful....

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      jeyaramd....thank you for your kind words. Believe me, it took me a very long time to see what was truly important. I think many times we get so caught up in the daily grind that we forget what is crucial to our inner happiness. Best of luck to you and thanks again.

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I'm so glad I read this. Good for you for stating what is important in life. I was a full time Teacher until two years ago and loved it. Now, due to circumstances beyond my control I can no longer work. I have lost my home, my car and have no assets to my name. Strangely though it has taught me that the best things in life are free. Nothing can beat time with loved ones and time to reflect on the beauty of nature. I missed out on so much of that and wouldn't want to go back to how my life was. Financially, life is difficult but i've got a roof over my head, food and water.I've got friends and family that love me. Not everyone in the world is that fortunate. Voted up and awesome. Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peanutritious....welcome aboard and I am so glad you commented. I was told by my dad a long time ago that all we can do during hard times is to keep moving forward; he also said that if you are going through hell just keep on moving and don't stop to enjoy the view. :) I have no doubt that you will make it through to the other side.

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      My husband and I retired four years ago and it has been great to be free to visit and spend time with loved ones. We too watch the birds and take walks enjoying what is around us. My mom used to tell us kids that remark you made to Peanitritious. Great jub. thanks for sharing

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you for reading and commenting..I absolutely love being semi-retired, although with as much writing as I do I'm not sure that qualifies as semi anything. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I've heard that quote, too: If you're going through hell, keep going. I loved the comments by Peanutritious and mljdgulley354. :)

      Oh, and a cob house is like an adobe house, except you make it with your hands. :D

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      AJ Langley 5 years ago

      What a wonderful Hub. You painted a beautiful picture of a fulfilling life. I am very happy that you not only realized what you needed to be happy, but were able to make the changes needed to achieve it. Congratulations. Voted up and interesting!

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      poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What you describe here sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth to me. The part about the walks with you soul mate were especially moving. I rate this an all around feel good hub with some common sense ideas most of us don't stop and think about. Thank you!

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      carozy 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great article, showing how important time-freedom is. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cc....thanks for reading the hub and thanks for clarifying about the cob house; I've never heard that term before.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      AJ....thank you so much; it took me a long time in life to finally figure out the basics of happiness.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poetvix...always a pleasure hearing from you. Me? Common sense? who woulda thunk it?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      carozy...thank you very much and I'm glad you are now following me.

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      Muselinguis 5 years ago

      Nice subject, and even better presentation! One of life's greatest tragedies is when we don't stop to smell the roses!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Muselinguis....thank you for your comment. I've got my rose so far up my nose now that I can't smell anything else. :) I look forward to your first hub.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      billybuc, I wanted to let you know I included your hub in my list of weekly favorites. Congrats. I think it is important for people to see that they can follow their dreams without having to spend a lot of money.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire....thank you so much for including my hub. As a newbie who really doesn't feed off of the approval of others it is still nice to be recognized by someone of experience....I appreciate it.

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      SanXuary 5 years ago

      Its virtually impossible to find a life that does not require a price and work. Its not much of a life if you invest in it and it has no returns, A lousy job with people consumed by it and selfishness. All the things we purchase are tools that should not own our happiness. They should be making us happy by giving us purpose. In the end we just want happiness and this should not take a life time to figure out.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SanXuary....I love the last line you wrote...it should not take a lifetime to figure out...no, it shouldn't, but for some of us who are very slow learners it seems to. I think I always knew that's what I wanted but I kept getting in my own way...thank you for reading and for commenting.

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      SanXuary 5 years ago

      That comment is for other people and not me. I have been searching for it all my life and never find others who our ever doing the same as well. Most people never will find out what really counts in life and what does count? Good Memories when regardless of the situation, you found others, who weathered the storm with you and you never wasted anyone's time in being alive and accepting such moments together to become a better person.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It was a hell of a ride for me but it was all worth the price that it cost me...thank you for commenting.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      billybuc, You Are Da Mayan!

      This hub was so me that as I read it I began to think I wrote it. (Though not as eloquently):)

      Kidding aside, the expression of freedom immediately inspired me and resonated within my very being. I am 59, still working a full time j-o-b but I am learning each day that I too, can choose to live life in my own way.

      What impressed me the most about your hub, lifestyle and viewpoint is that I actually felt your reality. You painted feelings with words that helped me exercise my imagination, especially when you spoke of the minimalist life, renting and long walks.

      What made it cool for me is that I'm doing those things now. I'm not retired yet, and probably never will be because my dream was to invent and execute the adventures of teaching, coaching, writing and speaking about the philosophy that underlies this hub.

      Correct me if I'm wrong but bought a bill of goods that wasn't fruitful. We didn't and don't need all the stuff we were told would give us perfect lives. Mostly what we received was sore backs from shoveling the dung!

      Thank you so much for breaking free...and for writing about.

      I'm now a fan of your honesty!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Born2care...wow, thank you so much for writing such an insightful comment. Love your sense of humor and yes, my back was sore from shoveling the dung. I'm glad my hub hit a spot within you and I really appreciate your support.

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      A real uplifting hub, thank you. So many of us dread the close of Sundays because we know what buttons we must push all over again come Monday morning, so we stretch Sunday out as long as possible. Living minimally to achieve some sense of peace and contentment is great in my view. At least you are not a statue. You live. Have a good week.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ytsenoh...I do live and love every single moment of my life. Thank you so much for reading and commenting...your words mean a great deal to me and validate what I feel daily.

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      nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      Hello billybuc, I hope to one day live the type of lifestyle you described in your hub. Trying to run this rat race of life is enough to make anyone think about changing their lifestyle. I'm so glad that you are finally happy with your life. Be blessed.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      nina64...always nice to hear from you. I, too, hope that you can one day lead this kind of life...take care, be happy and thank you for reading my hub.

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      Melanie Gladney 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Joseph Campbell would be proud of you--follow your bliss.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melanie, great comment; thank you and may you find peace as well.

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      Melanie Gladney 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thank you. I found real resonance in your hub because, I, too, am facing a career/personal crossroads. You've given me incentive to follow my heart and abandon old ways just because they're all I've ever known.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish you well Melanie; these choices are not easy by any means but sometimes they are very necessary...at least they were for me.

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      Heather Reichel 5 years ago from Northwestern Pennsylvania

      Thank you for the hub! I hit 40 years and suddenly realized I was not what I wanted to be when I grew up... I hated my job, my kids are growing and need me less and less for daily living, I hit mid life like a brick wall so I had to take a step back. Your insight is wonderful - great hub :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hreichel...thank you for the comment and for taking the time to read my Hub...I'm hoping that brick wall didn't hurt too much. An interesting side note is that it took me a little while to figure out what to do with my time when I wasn't working a 9-5 job. Best of luck to you as you re-appraise your life.

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      RetailRich 5 years ago

      Judging by the comments you've received, you've really touched a nerve. I think everyone who is caught up in the rat race and is not happy should copy this hub and pull it out and read it every month or two.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RetailRich....I agree with your assessment; unfortunately few of us are able to actually pull the plug and follow a simpler life. It takes a lot of preparation to finally reach the point that I am at...still, it is a goal worth chasing if the rat race is overwhelming and affecting happiness...thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      I like your perspective on life. I could so live a simple life...I don't have a lot of needs or wants, either...my choice would be hitting the road and traveling.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Enlydia...I am going to incorporate traveling in my future as well. I want to travel and write and write and travel and tend to the farm and then travel and write some more....not being too greedy, huh? Thank you and best of luck to you.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Hi Billybuc. This is such a beautiful hub. Thank you for reminding us to slow down and enjoy even the simplest things. I love taking long walks with my pitbull and appreciate nature and his company. All of a sudden everything looks different when you slow down.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Turtlewoman....thank you for reading and commenting...and you are right, of course; everything looks different when you take the time to really look.

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed this hub because it shows the steps you took to get from one point to another. I had to make a change from a negative workplace myself and that prompted me to find ways to be more self-sufficient and avoiding dependance on a single employer/single paycheck and the rat race.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Express, it can be done by many more; I think fear keeps many people from taking the huge step of getting rid of that which makes them unhappy. Once you overcome the fear a whole new world can open up for you. Thank you for following along.

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      TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Sir, this was awesome. Rhonda told me about you. She speaks very highly of you, and just reading this one piece, tells a person a whole lot about you. Rhonda says that your a smart cookie, and that it may be worth my time to try and roust you out of your comfort zone to help me do something cool, like perhaps ... save a nation? Sounds ominous, I know. Rhonda is the newest member of my little unpaid team, and has already been a big help. I've got a new organization called the Housefire Project. I've got a plan that will work, but I'm only as good as the people I surround myself with. Visit our website, and Rhonda will fill you in. http://www.housefireproject.com/

      Back to the hub business. You've got a very easy-going style, and it makes a person feel good just reading it. I'm going to send a friend your way. He's a very close friend of mine, and he reminds me a lot of you. His name is Mike. (Oldpoolman) . He's sharp, a loyal friend, and one of the best humans God ever put on this Earth. Give em a big Howdy, when he comes by!

      jim

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will indeed, sir, and thank you for the compliment. I actually have been to your website and I was impressed. I'll drop by again and look at it in more depth.

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      This was a truly amazing hub, and the timing could not have been better. At the age of 74 I just sold my business and put on a pair of those retirement shoes. I have been somewhat afraid of this thing called retirement, and your hub puts my mind at ease. It is time for me to start walking and watching the birds. Thanks for writing this.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, you are most welcome! We are programmed to think that we need to work to be happy, and many people define who they are by what they do for work. It is silly of course but still very real. Enjoy your retirement; you earned it! And thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Love this hub, and my hat's off to you billybuc. You have paved the way for many others, and because of you, they can see it can be done. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Karen! It took years for me to realize what is truly important in life. Sure glad I finally found it. Thank you for reading and following along on my journey.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Wonderful hub! Bravo!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you EuroNinila, I appreciate you stopping by to read my ramblings.

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      The Frog Princess 5 years ago from Florence area of the Great Pee Dee of South Carolina

      As most of us here start approaching retirement age; simple is great. You can't take the fancy cars, houses, etc with you so you are right "Time to enjoy life" stop and listen to the birds sing, the flowers bloom while you find peace and happiness under the sun.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you stated it much better than I did; I'm just sorry it took me so long to figure this out. Thank you for reading and commenting so eloquently.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      At least you DID figure it out before it was too late to enjoy it. It took me 51 years to start writing...something that has been in my heart and soul since I was a teen. Better late than never I always say!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, for sure, better late than never. I look at it this way: without all of the experience I gained from my earlier years I wouldn't be half the writer I am today. It was worth the effort and trials to be where I am now. Best of luck to you and thank you for reading my hub.

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      Worldofwow1992 5 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub. I'm glad you're on the path you enjoy!

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      Sally Hayes 5 years ago

      Thank you for this beautiful Hub! I was thinking the same thing yesterday about how much I had got done. And according to the Inner Critics yard stick, I hadn't done anything. But I had a nap, and that was the best gift I could have given myself. Clearly I needed some rest and my body was happy to oblige.

      Voted Up. Have a great Monday!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Worldofwow,and I love your name...I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      SMD, we do what we need to do to stay happy and healthy and anything else is window dressing. Thank you so much for your comment.

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      mind2mind 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this. I have also changed my lifestyle and finding living with less is acutally more! The saying "things that make you happy aren't things" is very true.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mind2mind, I couldn't agree more and I am happy that you have changed your lifestyle. I think we are going to see quite a few others doing this in the near future. Thank you for commenting.

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Pittsfield, Ma

      Again: How did I miss this one? I also left my job of 22 years, that I'd been miserable in.And, well you know my current situation, what I've been through etc. yet, I have absolutely no regrets, and never have. And like you, people mean way more to me than things do. As usual, awesome work! And congrats on hitting 200...

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're my inspiration for obtaining the lifestyle I want. I have a ways to go, but I want to get there. Thanks for sharing this with us and giving us hope. Voted up and everything but funny! Sharing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you are very welcome. Please, anytime you have a question just fire away, and thank you so much for your support.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is a really amazing hub. Thank you for sharing your story. I am also planning on how I can stop working full-time. It is just going to take some work to get there. I am entering year 2 of my 5 year plan. Voted up and awesome!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love five year plans and best of luck on yours. It is a process and one that has to be undertaken with patience, always seeing the final goal out there. Thank you so much for following along on my journey.

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. It was both thought provoking and motivating for me. I realized I am not happy with my current situation. It is not a bad situation by any means. Some things just need to be changed. By the way, I love all the snow in that picture. We don't see much of that here in East Texas.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      In truth, James, we don't see that much in western Washington; it was a rare major snowstorm from about three weeks ago and we lost power for five days. Thank you for reading and I appreciate your comments. I hope you find a way to bring about that change that you want.

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 5 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      I found your hub and your shared thoughts inspiring! You have given us lots of food for thought! Thanks for Sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jlava73, thank you! I think personal experiences need to be written about so they can help others who might be going through the same things. I have nothing to hide; nobody can hurt me as much as I hurt myself over the years and now it's time for those experiences to do some good. Thank you so much for your comments.

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      Angela Martinez 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Beautiful hub! thanks for sharing billy. it was like a part of me sayin' what's on my mind...and what i'm trying to work on right now for myself. yes indeed, getting on with a life of our choice requires a major revamp of our life and the life we want to lead. not to east tho' for a solo working mum like me or the many others around the world who also deserves such kind of a break.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I'm trying to change my life this year. The hardest part is dealing with expectations, mine and those of my family.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      angela, it won't be easy for sure but it is all so worth it. I wish you well in your journey and never lose sight of your goal. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That Grrl...I wish you well and I completely agree; I have found my own expectations to be the hardest to overcome. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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      Angela Kane 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Great hub, many people do what is easiest and continue on a path that does not help them. I agree with you that we must do what is best for us and our future.

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      Angela Martinez 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      ur hub and reply is truly inspiring. hope to take the same pattern u made with success, hopefully soon.^^ wishing u continued happiness even in its simplest form Billy. *huGs*

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angela Kane, thank you for those kind words. It took me a long time to see the light and truth but I am so happy that I did.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Angela; some day you will have to tell us all what it is like to be a single mother in the Middle East. I would be fascinated to hear that story.

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      Angela Martinez 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      hey Billy...that just brought a twinkle in my mind. well, i hope it would be easy narrating such long & struggling story to tell :( but i'll try...shukran!

      shukran means thank u in arabic.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And shukran to you as well. I look forward to your story.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading this. My husband is only two years away from 62 and they want him to work 7 days a week. We've been struggling with ideas on how to make a change. You got me to thinking about the unnecessary expenses, but there are only a couple. I think we'll start doing away with those though and start tucking the money in the bank so he can retire at 62. Maybe we could do away with this house and get a smaller one too.

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      ayliss08 5 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

      Nice hub! And your article really inspire me. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Nordy 5 years ago from Canada

      Love this hub - the perfect antidote to mindless consumerism. Well done!

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      Very interesting hub! This move certainly calls for courage. I am not too sure that it would work while you are still sending kids to college, but it does sound appealing for retirement.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara Kay, I appreciate you writing your thoughts; I wish you well in your vision and I hope it works out for you as well as it did for me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ayliss, I am glad that it helps you in some way. Our experiences are only valuable if there are lessons that are learned along the way. Thank you for your comments.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nordy, I couldn't agree more (about mindless consumerism); I have spent the better part of my life chasing that which I could never acquire in that fashion...now I have found it...happiness that is! Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joyette, I'm not so sure about the courage it calls for regarding my move. I tend to react when I am in too much pain; pain is the great motivator for me, or at least it has been in the past. I think I might have found a new motivator: happiness. Thank you for commenting.

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      birdslover 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Biggest cause of our pain is our own desires, live simply and work to fulfill your needs.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      birdslover, I couldn't say it better myself. Thank you for reading and your excellent comment.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Hi billybuc, I have to tell you, I've walked a similar path that you described above. Now I work from home part time and freelance, and was amazed to discover that I make about the same amount of money as I did when I worked full time! Because I am home more, I have less expenses. Life has gotten *much* better. Thanks for your heartfelt Hub.

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Great Hub! Good luck to you and wish I could join you!I have always dreamed of leaving my day job and living a more peaceful and happy existence. I have always lived minimally and although it isn't enough for me to quit my job, it is enough to give me peace of mind and freedom that if I had to quit because of the crap at work I could survive

      Good Luck to you billybuc!

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      Geraldnduru 5 years ago from Kenya

      awesome hub.fear is the greatest enemy of development

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      Martins Fraulein 5 years ago

      i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)) im pretty sure if hubpages saw that i wrote a million smiles on this, they'd delete my account. :)

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      And here I find myself again, drawn in by a title, fed amazing food by the content, and in no surprise that you were the author of this amazing story of hope, encouragement, and inspiration. You have a gift, my friend. I am so sorry that it wasn't released years ago and thankful that it is now flowing freely from your heart and head to our eyes and ears. Thank you for sharing quality hubs from the heart that help us all to become better people. If anyone can read this and just move on without taking time to reflect upon his/her own life, I admire the person a bit, as this just allowed me to decide it is time to move into journaling and reflection and then head to sleep. You are amazing BillyBuc. I am definitely a hooked fan.

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      William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

      Wow I have to say I truly feel like I need to do something. It all comes down to me wanting to move to Arizona but I worry about my mother will she be mad what will she say. Though what I'm experiencing isn't the same it has inspired and proved to me that you can't live the status quo in my case trying to make others happy. This was a great Hub. Thanks again.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Thanks Bill for writing this! it gives me a lot to think about in my own life.

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      mind2mind 5 years ago

      Thanks. I also took some similar changes this past year, running a business that was running my life and taking its toll on my health. I decided to change direction and to shed that which isnt working. Im am still transitioning and carving out my new life, Im discovering less is often more. My health has improved and I can see a debt free simpler but happier life ahead.

      Thanks

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

      I love this hub and all that you write. While I'm only 54, I've been paying myself first and living on the rest. It works for me. As soon as my house is sold, I will have one year left to "work" while I build my retirement home (Eugene, OR). There I will be opening a bakery -- any my little girl will sleep in her own bed at night instead of at child care.

      Thanks for the hub. Readers, set up accounts for emergency, house, car, and stuff. Put something in each every payday. Get a piggy bank and pay for things will dollar bills -- never spend the change and the change goes in the piggy bank. At the end of the year, cash in the piggy bank and use it for a splurge. The system works. I paid for my last vehicle (Rav4) in cash.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Ahhhh Billybuc-- I am so on the same page with you in terms of accepting and embracing change and living life moment by moment. Seems to me that change is the only constant in life and when we start to resist it and live in the past, we start to die. Life is beautiful and best lived in the present moment. Kudos to you. I love this hub and I am running over to your profile now to become your newest follower--oh yes and of course I am voting this up and awesome.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Billy, even if your Social Security had been sufficient to cover your monthly expenses, you were wise to choose to work part-time. In fact, I just had this discussion with a guy who came to the same conclusion you did, that it was time to quit the full-time job and enjoy life for a change, but works part-time with his son, an IT consultant.

      There's a growing recognition that men quitting the 40-hour (or more) rat race cold turkey are more prone to drop dead within the first year (or sooner!) than those who ease into retirement. The sudden and total absence of work-related stress seems to be as much of a shock to the system as staying in the rat race.

      For some reason, retiring doesn't affect women this way, perhaps because women fill the "free" time with the same family and social obligations they've always had and therefore have never known how to do "absolutely nothing".

      Voted UP and awesome!

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      mikeydcarroll67 5 years ago

      I think it is essential to use these tips and ideas for ourselves as we begin the process of becoming the people we want to become.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Euro, I thank you for reading and commenting, and I'm very happy that you have found a free life. Best of luck to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peace of mind is a pretty big bonus I would say; best of luck to you and thank you so much for following along.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Geraldnduru, I like that saying; thank you for sharing and for your nice comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Belen, as always, thank you so much. You make me smile with or without the smiley face.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eyes, you have me blushing. I love writing about what is important; I'll leave the other stuff to others. Your following me makes me very happy and I greatly appreciate you.

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      Aliswell 5 years ago from Iowa

      Billy, I liked your Hub, but it hurt my head. What I see from the thread is that most everybody is ready to give it up and get it on. The nine to five and commute to and from is just not hacking it and finding our special calling is becoming front and center in that all important 4" between our ears.

      My problem is a little different in as much as I have retired on and off for over 5 years (I say on and off because I have had 5 jobs during that 5 years) and have yet to find the joy of it. I live in Nasty Winter Iowa albeigt not so bad this winter, and being a Wholly Hooked Golfer, find the 4 months of inability to play the game, a real back breaker.

      I am 67 and feel my life force slipping away at an alarmingly quick pace, so my dilema of maintaining the life style for my family is presently outweighing the choice I would make if it were only myself to find that ultimate happiness we all so surely seek.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      William, I hope you do what will make you feel good because you deserve it. I wish you well my friend and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      iamaudraleigh, as always, thank you for reading. Not sure if you want me to use your name so I will refrain; just know that you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mind2mind, then I am very happy for you. Freedom is what we were meant to experience; man was not meant to be shackled to job and bills...best of luck to you and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baking, I am excited for the day your little girl can spend more time with you and less at day care. What a wonderful message you are sending out to the world...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      robie2, a heartfelt thank you to you and I am honored that you are following me. Best of luck to you; you are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jama, I have actually heard that and took that into consideration. As busy as I am writing now I don't think inactivity is going to be a problem. Thank you for your valuable comments; I hope others will read them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mikey, I believe it is and best of luck to you on your own journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aliswell, I hear you; my family is from Iowa (Charles City) and that state can wreak havoc on a golf game. Sounds like Arizona is calling you. I wish you well and I hope you are able to find some compromise that will enable you to find more happiness. Thank you for reading and your sincere comment.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Really beautiful - thanks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Natashalh, thank you! The comments of my followers mean the world to me and I am the one who is grateful! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      billybus, do you believe in serendipity? I am right on the threshold of possibly making a huge life change for the very same reasons you mention in this hub. This has cleared my thinking even more but it's a big step and I'm still deciding.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joos, I actually do believe in serendipity and I applaud your decision. It is a huge decision to be sure and I had to do a lot of thinking and deciding before actually doing it, but it was oh so worth it. Thank you for your great comment and I wish you luck.

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      Dancing Water 5 years ago

      I have made the choice you have as well. Back in the 60's many of us embraced the concept of a simple lifestyle and followed Thoreau's precepts. However, most of us got caught up in the money game and led quite empty lives. With the economic downturn in the world today, perhaps more will discover the joy and peace that living simply brings. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dancing, you are more than welcome. I do believe we are in the early stages of a cultural revolution of sorts with more and more people being forced to consider a major lifestyle change. I wish you well in your choice and thank you for reading.

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      Fantastic hub as usual!I agree completely , and did change my life drastically a few years ago because I didn't feel that the way I was living was congruent with who I was or what I wanted out of life. Thanks for a meaningful, heartfelt piece of writing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Grinnin, you are very welcome. I love my life now and it sounds like you love yours...and that's the whole point, isn't it? I'm glad you made the move towards happiness and contentment.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Great hub billybuc. As we get older I think we realise that the thing we have been seeking is peace of mind.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that certainly is the case with me. Thank you for following along and my best to you!

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      jasper420 5 years ago

      very inspeiring work thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Jasper, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate it greatly!

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

      It is me who thanks you for the wonderful reading material. I wish I was at least 1/10 as eloquent aas you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baking, you are kind indeed. We all have our unique voice when writing; mine just happens to have the right "sound" for many who are reading right now. I appreciate your following and your generosity in your comments.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      A very thought-provoking hub - thank you for sharing your journey with us! You always write from the heart. Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marcy; I don't know any other way to write so I guess I'll keep at it. I appreciate you following my journey.

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      chelseacharleston 5 years ago

      I absolutely love it when people make these kinds of changes!!! Great topic and hub!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Chelsea; much-appreciated and it's nice to have you as a follower.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Life is what we are doing while we make plans.

      Congratulations to have the fortitude to be yourself...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      thank you Dallas and I have always loved that quote. I appreciate you stopping by and following my hub.

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      Martins Fraulein 5 years ago

      I just love signing in and going straight to this :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Belen you are so sweet! I hope you had a wonderful day, filled with love and unlimited possibilities.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Sacrifices sure are rewarded Billybuc.

      I am glad the end brought you peace and happiness!

      Cheers!

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      appleanniega 5 years ago from British Columbia

      Love your article, simple, frugal and finding joy............YUP!!!!! Thanks for the insight!!!

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      Monica Paller 5 years ago from Vermont

      Very nice sentiments, please let us know from time to time how your life unfolds.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, I thank you for your comment; it was a long road but to finally fine peace and happiness makes it all worth it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Appleanniega, thank you so much and you are very welcome. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. For me it's not about money I can make on HubPages but rather the opportunity to help others through my words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monica, you can be sure that through my hubs you will be updated on my life. Thank you for the lovely comment and the empathy that you have shown.

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      xlorna 5 years ago from Western, MA

      I only have one thing to say: I am so glad you ended this hub with a quote from Mr. Spock. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      xlorna....that was funny! Thank you for taking the time to read my hub. Anyone who like Mr. Spock is a person worth following, so I'm heading to your profile to do the same.

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      Tori Warren 5 years ago from Escondido California

      I love this. It has given me the courage to do something new!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tori, that is very exciting news and I'm glad...so what is it you are going to do?

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I wish you luck with your new endeavor whatever it may be.

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      I loved your submission...I too live the simple life and I am so in love with my life it is a wonderful feeling. Oprah was right your perspective changes when you turn 50..and mine sure did! Happy farm dreaming!

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      Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast

      Thanks for writing this article billybuc. I voted it up because it's so worth reading. I'm trying to do the same thing but getting to it while I'm younger. I haven't gotten to where you are but slowly, changes are being made. Thanks.

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      Akuma23 5 years ago

      Nicely written. Definetly a must read for anyone that has found himself in that "crossroad" and doesnt know what to do. Thanks man.

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      Freak007 5 years ago from Bahir dar , Ethiopia

      oh thank you so much for sharing

      and please sense i am new to hubpages i need some followers can you follow me guys i'll follow you back thanks

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      picadilly, I am so happy that this hub meant something to you. Life really is quite good for me nowadays; I can't imagine ever re-joining the rat race. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flightkeeper, good for you. Starting young is the thing to do and I'm glad you have the good sense to do so; I had to take a few decades to figure it out. Thank you for reading and commenting and best of luck to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Akuma, you are very welcome. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Freak, you are welcome. May I suggest you sign on as a follower on hubbers who you enjoy; most of them will follow you in return...and welcome to hubpages.

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      Hated By Liberals 5 years ago from Eastern U.S.

      billy - Interesting read. I am of similar presupposition in the folly of Hedonism, Materialism, and Narcissism. I have seen these little 'gods' appear in the lives of many of my family over my 70+ years, and none of them seemed to satisfy. I have asked many in my family and also friends this question: WHEN DID ENOUGH BECOME TOO LITTLE ?? Usually there is a look of disdain coupled with guilt, followed by a defensive accusation that I consider them morally inferior. I always answer that I am not judging, nor accusing... merely inquiring to learn the cost-reward paradigm because I am unable to see their goals. I choose not to debate why I think that Contentment is a great gain and envy is folly. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hated, you said it much better than I did; thank you for your thoughtful comment and I wish you well as you battle the hedonism in your family.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Congratulations on your new, happier life! I agree that changing one's thinking is the beginning. We really do not need as much as we tend to think we need. I think it is a brave and sometime scary adventure to reconfigure one;s world. Thank oyu for sharing your story.

      Best Regards,

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      alifeofdesign...love you hub name by the way...and thank you! It is scary to undertake a major change in life, but for me it was a matter of survival and so I moved through the fear with some help of some very loving friends and family. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Melissa Flagg 5 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Fantastic hub, really got me to think about how I could change my own life. Voted up and thanks for SHARING.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daughter, I am happy if that is the case. I write to reach readers on some level and it is very gratifying to read a comment such as yours. Thank you!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great Hub, it inspires. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      Great hub. Thank you.

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      Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      Couldn't agree more. We did the same thing just over 12 months ago and we're still in our early 40's - so you really don't have to wait. We left friends and family behind in the South East and moved 300 miles north to live in the beautiful English Lake district. So many people tell me they wish I had my life, well they can. It's all about choices. We are a LOT worse off financially than we were but a lot better off in so many other ways.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

      We did the same thing. We moved to Brazil to find it though. It is amazing how much 'fluff' people have in their lives. When they realize they would be happier without it, it changes everything.

      There are two ways to have everything you want in this world. Make more money or want less.

      I will give you an example. Last week I was fishing in one of our lakes and a flock of whistling ducks flew over. I hadn't seen a sizable flock of ducks since I was a kid. This to me was priceless.

      Beth Pipe is correct, it is all about choices. My husband and I aren't young and my husband is an amputee. These are only barriers if you allow them to be. Perhaps we are the equivalent to the pioneers of yesteryear.

      Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Marla J Neogra 5 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

      Great hub, I have felt that way myself for several years. Just waiting till the kids are out of the house to make some big changes.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you jainismus, I appreciate your words and thank you for following along.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One2get2no, I appreciate you reading my hub and taking the time to comment. Best of luck to you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beth Pipe, I am so happy that you are happy! I think more and more people are coming to this realization; it is very liberating once the decision is made. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond logic, I like that...pioneers of yesteryear. I wish you continued happiness in Brazil and thank you for droppping by and sharing your story.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria...oh yes, the kids. I understand that completely; my fiance and I are waiting to buy our farm until her daughter is out of high school in three years, but all the other moves have been made. Thank you for sharing; I appreciate your following along.

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This Hub sure resonates with all of us!

      I also left the "rat race". My late mother encourages me to retire at 60 because my husband had passed away; we had no children together and I was working those 40 hour tiring weeks with a long commute.

      I paid down debt from my almost 30 year marriage and on the last day of my sixtieth year handed in my resignation. It took a year to get up the nerve to leave a paycheck and get used to the idea of life on a shoestring.

      Ten months later there are no regrets. I have many projects on the go... not much money, but lots of time and too much hubris from the working life of mindless consumerism. (think money I could have saved!)

      It seems there still are not enough hours in the day... I need to cut back more...lol

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scribenet, I agree...why aren't there enough hours in the day for me to do all the things I want to do? But then, I write full time, so it's not like I quit working...I just quit working at jobs that did not satisfy me. I love my life now and I'm so happy that you have found satisfaction in yours. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Pritchard 5 years ago

      Amen Brother! Love this hub and relate to much of it. Voted up and useful!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Askme, your words are kind and I appreciate them greatly. Thank you for following along and taking the time to comment.

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      Mrs Loki 5 years ago

      Wow that was awesome your a great writer!!! It took my breath away great hub keep it up!

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      Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

      I couldn't agree more. So often we strive because we are living out society's "shoulds" for us--and meanwhile, life is passing us by. Practicing good self-care is giving yourself permission to be who you want to be, not living and struggling to fit a predetermined mold.

      when we simplify--and learn to be happy doing so, we free ourselves from self-imposed slavery.

      Things are just things but our relationships are so important.

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      moonfairy 5 years ago

      wonderful hub billybuc! I absolutely dread Monday mornings because I know I must work at something that no longer suits me and it drives me insane. I want to retire and write, and watch the birds and go for nature walks too...complete happiness is such a wonderful blessing and good for you for grabbing it by the tail!

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      Olive Ellis 5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this hub! I could not agree with you more. Keep sharing!

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      alisha4u 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Simply WOW !! That's what we all should do.. Great one! Voted it up :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mrs Loki, that was very sweet. Thank you for the lovely comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Athlyn, it sounds like you completely understand. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      moonfairy, I wish the same for you...and soon. Enjoy life and all that it has to offer...bless you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dr. Ope, thank you so much and I will indeed keep sharing....it is a passion that won't go away.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      alisha4u, thank you! Few are in the position that I am but it is certainly something to shoot for. I appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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      Shell-Belle 5 years ago from Mesa

      Another wonderful hub! You've really given me some thinking to do. Very inspiring, voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shell-Belle, thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it and hope that it inspires you to take action. Life really is wonderful when you have the time to enjoy it.

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      MarkLockwood 5 years ago from USA

      Finding a way out is not always possible and I am glad to see that some people can get out of the rat race. I think you are very wise for escaping while you can and I admire you and others for doing it. May be one day I will have the courage too to just give it all up and find real life again.

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      sassydee 5 years ago

      Voted up cool hub

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      Daxman 5 years ago from The Netherlands

      Very inspirational hub! Thank you!

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      ftclick 5 years ago

      very good read here. I am also to the point where I don't need a luxury vehicle or the next i-phone 4,5 6, etc.. I don't even have 1 of those just a bland smart phone. But I do want some amenities. Peace and nature is great benefit to have every day. Congratulations !

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      Magdelene 5 years ago from Okotoks

      Love your Hub BillyBuc

      I wonder how many of us are actually going through this, I'm pretty sure I can be counted as one of them.

      I thought it unusual, but I look forward to retiring, though it still seems miles away.

      I am seriously looking into finding a part time job, I presently work full time; but I, like you, need more time to myself. There are so many things I want to do and see and write about, I need the time.

      God willing, I will find a way.

      Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, those are very true works; thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I appreciate your words; I have no doubt that you have the courage. It just needs to come to the surface.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sassydee, thank you! If you found anything in this that can help you then I'm happy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daxman, you are very welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ftclick, thank you and I'm glad you have found the good things in life. Peace to you as well!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Magdelene, I wish you well in your search for a way; I am no longer a fan of full-time employment. Been there done that and I am quite happy now. Best of luck to you.

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      alipuckett 5 years ago

      Congratulations! Life is short, and you're living it the way YOU want to!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      alipuckett, thank you and you are completely correct, life is too short. I wish you well and I appreciate you following me.

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      Gracenduta 5 years ago from Kenya

      Great and inspirational, thanks.

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      ImaSurvivor74 5 years ago from Upstate NY

      You have an inspired many I'm sure! What a wonderful thing, as I am one of them. Thanks for putting a smile of hope on my face at the end of a hectic work day. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graenduta, thank you so much. I'm glad you found something in it that was important to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ima, it was my pleasure. I love to write and I smile every single time I read a comment like yours and know that my writing pleases someone. Thank you!

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      Lorenzo Brown 5 years ago from West Palm Beach, Fl.

      I agree with the lifestye changingplans and reflecting back on my life, it's been a similarity. I've changed my lifestyle several times and i'm only 32years of age.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lorenzo, you are way beyond where I was at that age. Congratulations on making a very wise decision so early on. Thank you for reading my hub and best of luck to you.

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      kingmaxler 5 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      Thank you for a beautiful and heartfelt hub. I appreciate your candor and relate to your story.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome kingmaxler; I appreciate you taking the time to visit my site once again. By the way, your hub on teaching kids to read was a wonderful fountain of useful advice.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I write for HubPages in the quest for a change of lifestyle myself. My kids are grown and I have grandkids -lots of them. I want to enjoy them. My dream? Me and my laptop on my deck with the dogs and grandkids playing in the yard.

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      AnnaCia 5 years ago

      Hi. What a wonderful hub. I can say that there is hope for me. I have been worrying so much about the future and with your words I am able to see my days in a more positive way. Your words full of encouragement, thank you, thank you. After many years I am doing what I enjoy, writing. Maybe I can teach some and surely I can learn a lot.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sinea, I wish you well on your journey then; if you want it then you should have it. Thank you for following along with me; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, you are very welcome and thank you for becoming a follower. There is always hope; at times things seem to be overwhelming with so many options and not knowing which option to take...that is when I slow my mind down and take it on one small step at a time...best of luck to you and I look forward to following you as well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I just took a look at your profile and you have indeed taken a detour and a change in lifestyle. I truly do with you well and I hope things work out for you. Thank you for following me.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Very inspirational. I am what you would call semi retired and, like you, there are days when I don't do anything at all, by the standards other people describe as productive. I enjoyed reading your hub. You remind me that life is too short to keep running wildly trying to make "it" happen.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I am happy for you and I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub and comment. Life is indeed too short so I say live it to the fullest.

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      consacra 5 years ago

      I definitely appreciate the part where you mentioned about not having to do anything to be living life. There are many things in life which we may enjoy aside from busying ourselves with unimportant things. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing of the minimalist lifestyle! The less you have, the less you fear to lose. =)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well you are welcome and I love your last line on your message...I fear losing nothing today...and that is a wonderful place to be. I greatly appreciate you stopping by.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations for you 100 score and making it to the Hottest Hub once again!!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Wonderful hub - I happen to stumble upon it (one of your followers, Tammy, shared). I find this very inspiring and as the years go by, this simpler life is much more appealing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tammy; this hub seems to have a life of its own and I love that people like the message.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kris, thank you and I'll be sure to thank Tammy soon. She has been a great supporter of mine and her encouragement kept me going early on when I had doubts about my writing ability. I appreciate you dropping by and being so kind.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome Bill, Congrats!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, your support means the world to me as I greatly respect you as a person. Thank you sir!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      billy....Here here!! to a man who knows what he wants and what it takes to achieve, accomplish...succeed. You have my respect and admiration, which I give very selectively, billy. Do you stand OUT in a crowd?

      Let's see.....you've been a fellow-hubber for 7 weeks, written 50 hubs, have attracted 292 followers, have a score in the high-ninties....and receive more comments per hub than 80% of the community. Good Grief, Charlie Brown.....you're a rock star!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I always wanted to be a rock star, but my parents bought an organ and, well, you know how that went over with my friends and the girls. :) I think what we are seeing is that I have become the "flavor of the month" and will shortly be replaced by a new flavor. It is nice, though, and I have had some very touching comments left...and I just love hearing from you when you can pull yourself away from that creek on your property. Thank you my dear!

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      tohimilook 5 years ago

      Very thought provoking. Something to reflect on. Thanks for posting.

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      ThomasBaker 5 years ago from Florida

      I'm 63, just retired and not happy about it. I discovered that my job was a big part of my identity. It left a big hole when I retired. You are way ahead of me. Thanks so much for your Hub. I need to do a lot of soul searching and work.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tohimilook, thank you so much for reading and posting a comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thomas, I understand completely. When I first left teaching I went through that, as though I was defined by my teaching...it took a lot of work and soul searching to see the light...best of luck to you and thank you.

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      Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

      You are right on the mark, Billybuc. Humans are conditioned to think they cannot be happy without "stuff" and then spend most of their lives trying to keep up with the neighbors. What a load of horse-dooey.

      All too often, we live out society's or our family's "shoulds" for us: "You should do this, you should do that"--and we become stuck on a treadmill, endlessly toiling as the years slip by.

      I think part of it is self-esteem. When we quite trying to measure up to others' expectations and feel secure in ourselves + give ourselves permission, life changes.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh, I love what you said, Athlyn Green, especially about the "shoulds". Now that I am older and wiser I don't worry about what people think I should do. I just do what feels right for me and the people I care about.

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      Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Marlene,

      Yes, we shouldn't let anyone "should" on us! I totally relate with Billybuc's feelings. I reevaluated my life, made some big life-changes, and have embraced what I call the "simplification program." We need so little, really, to be happy. For me, I learned to love myself and find I do not need to keep up with anyone, as a measure of my self-worth. More important is creating a life that works, a true indicator of success, even if this is not measured in monetary terms. Billy also understands this and has embraced it.

      Looking at the number of people who have responded to this Hub, it is obvious that many know that their lives may not be "working" and thus are not generating real happiness or serenity.

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      neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

      ahah billy my long lost twin!! finally i met you.

      i am 56 both my daughters are married,have enough property to last my life time , can by working for the next 3 years generate enough income to see me through my old age,have no expensive habits (except a wife of 33 years) and enjoy a concert or a book much more than spending money.

      ANd like you am fascinated by the idea of living a minimalistic ,life style when over 60.Lets keep exchanging notes friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Athlyn, I completely agree. It is pretty tough on many people to break that conditioning. I'm so happy that you get it. Best of luck to you and thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      marlene, that is the only sensible thing to do; unfortunately when I was younger I wasn't too sensible. :) Thank you for dropping by once again.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Athlyn, the response to this hub has been remarkable and to tell the truth somewhat surprising. I had no idea when I wrote it that the outpouring would be like this.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I would like that very much Neeleshkulkarni; best of luck to you and I hope to hear from you again.

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      ARTISTEWRITER 5 years ago from Brittany, France

      I am much encouraged that your style of writing is so popular - it has stimulated ideas for me. Isn't retirement (or semi-retirement) a wonderful invention.

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

      I really don't think people retire. They just reinvent themselves. Shucks, even 82 y.o. "Grandpa" John across the street is still very active. He's just not being paid for all his work. (The various groups he is an active member of).

      I don't have a smartphone, ipad, ipod, kindle, cable, flatscreen tv, boat, rv, motorcycle, sports car, etc. I'm happy (but when I move to Oregon, I'll be happier!). I have my 5 y.o. little girl and that's all that matters!

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      Fadeo 5 years ago

      Thank you for this post Billy, it had me stop and reflect upon my life for a good ten minutes afterwards. I'm extremely happy that you are still able to enjoy life the way you want to at your age. This Hub has given my 19 year old self a lot to think about and consider for my future.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Artistewriter, it is indeed a wonderful invention. I'm glad my style has inspired you; I was told that my style might not fly on hubpages but I am relieved to tell you that if you write with passion and sincerity people out there will read it. Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BakingBread...a move to Oregon? We'll be neighbors. Where in Oregon? I think you'll love the Pacific Northwest as long as the rain doesn't discourage you. Thank you so much for following me faithfully; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fadeo, you are very welcome and thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I wish you the best as you consider your future.

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      Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Billy,

      I've showcased this article over at my writing site this month.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Athlyn, that is so kind of you. I greatly appreciate your loyal following. Thank you!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Leaving the rat race, the harried people, the traffic, and heading out into nature sounds like a dream come true. I know quite a few folks who would love to do that, but their entire retirement check would just about cover medical insurance. One man, his place of work is trying to encourage people to retire, and he would, and work part time, but for the expensive insurance.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, believe it or not I don't have medical...I'm waiting for the day when I make it big writing...or until Medicare kicks in two years from now. Hopefully my good health will continue that long. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my ramblings.

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      pandula77 5 years ago from Norway

      Awesome insight to a remarkable experience. I think we need more of these hubs in hubpages. Such experiences are hard to come by and specially for those who are nearing retirement, this is hope beyond expectations.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pandula, thank you and I actually agree with you, that HubPages needs more hubbers willing to speak with passion about personal experiences. I greatly appreciate you following along.

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      PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

      billybuc,

      I thought I was on one of your hikes before I came to the end of all the comments.

      Popular hub, and well written, and I hope you enjoy your lifestyle of the retired and famous.

      Bobbi

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobbi, that made me laugh. Thank you for dropping by; this was an interesting hub in that I didn't really like the way it turned out and I almost re-wrote it.....I'm awfully glad I left it alone. :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow hiking.. that is so much fun.. I am retired.. so now I can write.. I love the outdoors too. this is a great hub.

      Debbie

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      thank you Deborah. It's a funny thing about this hub. I wasn't very excited about it. I was in a hurry when I wrote it and I felt bad that I hadn't done a very good job with it. Then, of course, it ended up being my most successful hub. Go figure! Thank you for dropping by and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Deborah Turner 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      I enjoyed reading this, it gives me hope that one day I can do the same. I would love to have more time to write and get out of the rat race. Please tell me my day will come!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BabyBoomer, your day will come! There, done...now you have to believe it and make it happen. Best of luck to you and thank you for dropping by.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Well billybuc;wow how many comments have you ???

      I had read this one before but must have forgotten to comment;however great because then I read it again and you should be so very proud of yourself.

      You are now living life as 'YOU and I can relate to all you say;material possessions have no great importance in my life either .

      You Left your job because basically you didn't agree with the system; again I left my job with our Youth Offending team because I also did not believe in the system

      However I have positives from those days.

      I worked with some great kids who to this day keep in touch every now and again.

      I also have met my partner/soul mate/best friend and all else.

      This one has me very highest 'up up and away'plus a bookmark into my Special Hubs' and then I proceed on to chapter 2.

      Take care my friend and I wish you and your partner a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, you are too kind but I'll accept your words with thanks. Coming from someone I greatly respect that is high praise indeed and a great way for me to start my day.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Awesome hub, billybuc! It's just what I need to help me achieve my dreams/goals. I, too, am unhappy with the corporate world and at age 55 am in a quandry as to how to successfully leave the rat race and embark on a writing career. You've offered logical insight and great hope!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravewarrior, I truly wish you success in making the move. I believe there is a way; it's now up to you to figure out that way. Best of luck to you and may you find happiness on your journey.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      You're absolutely right, billybuc! Where there is a will, there is a way!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravewarrior, you said it perfectly. There has to be willingness to change or the change you seek will not happen. Thank you so much for saying in a few words what it took me 1500 words to say!

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Tee hee!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravewarrior, I will assume that Tee Hee is a good thing. Thank you for dropping by and visiting once again.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, tee hee is a very good thing! I was chuckling at your 1,500 words versus my few..... But your 1,500 words gave me an idea for a plan, so keep inspiring!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh I just love it when a plan takes shape. Get busy and give it roots and it will grow. Sending my best to sunny Florida from the wet and windy Pacific Northwest.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      March 2012/ I commented on your hub a long while ago. However it did not give this hub justice!

      Your statement, "my peace of mind was more important to me than the paycheck that job offered." made so much sense to me! It is something I am trying to figure out now in my own life and can relate to!

      I an so glad you are happy in life! You deserve it!!!

      I totally voted up and shared!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, that was a lovely gesture you just made. Thank you and I great appreciate you. I'm glad you liked the hub; it's funny because I wasn't happy with it when I wrote it but could not figure out how to change it to please me so I just posted it as is. Turned out to be my most-read hub by far. Shows that I often don't know what is best for me. :) Thank you!

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Love your hubs. You walk the talk and have taken the leap that most of us long to take but are to afraid to. Kudos and best of luck to you on your journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I'm glad you are on board and enjoy my hubs. I only know one way to write and that is from the heart. If it helps someone in the process then I am one happy writer. Best of luck to you on your journey!

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Hi Bill, I hate to be a bummer, but your hub has been stolen: http://www.skyc2c.com/article/202.html

      My hub about leggings has been stolen by the same site. I contacted them a while back about removing the hub, but they haven't yet, so I am turning them in. Sigh.

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Ahhhhh, f--k!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for letting me know Jeannie; I'll get on it. I'm afraid this is the cost of writing sometimes. Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it's okay; it just means I wrote something worth stealing. That's the good news.....have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I know what you mean. Sometimes it is a compliment. I just wish Google looked at it that way. Usually you end up losing traffic over it. I've lost about a 100 hits a day from that website. That was my best hub! I've been doing a little searching and found another one of my hubs has been stolen so much I stopped counting. I just rewrote it. Sigh. Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm really sorry Jeannie! I don't mean to sound flip about it....I can only do what I can do and then it's out of my hands. It pisses me off on one level and on another level I half expect it to happen and I'm kind of resigned to it. Best of luck with your re-write....oh, I found it odd that they used my name on it...I thought they would have at least used a different identity.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Yes, it is odd how some sites just copy everything, including the name. I know what you mean though. I don't have the energy to search all the time to monitor all of my hubs. I have to just let some of them go. However, if they are hubs that pull in a lot of traffic, I am willing to fight. I try not to think about all the traffic I've lost in the last month or so. Sigh. I hope one day that entire site just goes down. Obviously they are stealing from everyone. At any rate, what is done is done for now. Have a good night. :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Jeannie, and I agree with everything you wrote. This particular hub is easily my number one hub as far as traffic is concerned; earlier, that other site that has since shut down stole one of my hubs thanking supporter; it even mentioned Hubpages several times and yet the copied it word for word...it just made no sense. Sigh indeed!

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      Vegas Elias 5 years ago from Mumbai

      This is a great hub Billy. I myself have completely changed my lifestyle since the last six years. I was too much attached to and worried about the well being of my wife and only daughter. Many a times this was reason for tussles between us. Six years back my wife abruptly left me, a man who had suffered a major heart stroke. She left he high and dry. My daughter too went along.

      I was left with no option but take stock of the situation. I did exactly that. I stopped worrying about them and also about myself. Instead of worrying I now do a rational analysis and take decisions quickly.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vegas, thank you! Sometimes it takes a major event like your wife and child leaving to wake us up. Blessings and peace to you my friend and best of luck with your new lifestyle.

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      Happinessteacher 5 years ago

      Attitude and mindset are everything. Thank you for reminding us all of this.:)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Happiness; I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      This is a great Hub, and I'm happy that you found your happiness! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Georgie; this was easily my most viewed hub and it surprises me a bit for some reason. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Jasmine Pena 5 years ago from California, USA

      Really inspirational hub, loved reading it, voted up also:)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pongogirl, thank you! This was one of my favorites, one of those that I felt good about when I finished and was satisfied with.

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      TheRightWord 5 years ago from Sunny California

      My son and I had a conversation about "just jump" one day. Shortly after I jumped. I'm learning how little I need and how much I want. Thank you for helping clarify further! Excellent hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RightWord, you are very welcome and congratulations on your decision.

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      am301986 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Good article. In my opinion person who measured their happiness by comparing with problem would never be happy anytime. I think their is no cause for happiness it all about the mind set. Although good work done. Hope to see more. Thanks for sharing.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is so inspirational - thank you for sharing! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Am301986, thank you so much; I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write a meaningful comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelChi, I'm so happy that you found it to be so; thank you very much!

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      JanHeath 5 years ago from Australia

      Hi Billybuc, Thank you for a terrific hub that is obviously written from the heart. I enjoyed reading your story and it feels like the calm of your new world comes out in your writing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, thank you and you are so right! My life is quite calm now and I have found contentment and love....not bad considering where I came from.

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      taw2012 5 years ago from India

      this is excellent. The way you see the things are quite different from the way others do. This is an inspiration. I have to read this hub again !!! Your thoughts are great and so do your hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Taw, thank you; that's kind of you to say and I appreciate your words greatly.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy I know I have already commented on this hub.. but I can relate to it now... Thank you dear friend for writing this wonderful hub.

      Debbie

      I am sharing

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie; I think in a way most of us can relate to it. I'm happy you found something in it.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...you are a man for all seasons to be admired by us all here at the Hub and to give you the ultimate compliment , my dad and best friend, would have loved your writing - and he wrote 69 novels and memoirs of his experiences in World War II - none of them were ever published but still quite an achievement - for his legacy will also go down as a great father and husband - lake erie time 11:59pm

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Colin, that is the highest compliment as far as I'm concerned. Thank you my friend; I'm just a human being stumbling through life like everyone else. So very thankful if my words have meaning to someone else.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was inspiring. I am one of those who tried to change their life around with mixed results. I came to Riga, Latvia because it was my parents homeland and dad had died when I was 10 and mom was already in her 80s and if she wanted to go home it was now or never. This was back in 1994. Mom got to live here for 2 years and she died. I would have gone back but met my soulmate here. Now he and I both would like to go to the states but for right now financial wise we're stuck here. Not bad but not good. I'm saying that it was fate that brought me here or I wouldn't have met my love and now I need to find a way to be able to complete the other side of the picture and get back to my homeland the good ole'USA

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I wish you well and hope that you can return to the States soon. Speaking for all Americans, we miss you. :) Thank you for taking the time to leave a meaningful response.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Way to go Billy! I found this article over on the writing for money website. Now, if I can just figure out how to get posted there. I am excited. Got started on this search from questions I was getting. With a little help from my friends, I see!

      Wonderful!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, where did you find this article? What website? Anyway, if this helped you I'm glad and best of luck to you.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      This is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experiences Billy - its wonderful to hear how happy you are. :) My husband and I have gradually stepped back from the "norm" and through living frugally have created a lot of freedom for ourselves. We now both do work we love and have a lot of time to enjoy the small (and important) things in life, like spending time together or watching a squirrel playing in the garden!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jasmith, I'm so happy you and your husband have found joy in the simpler way of life. It really is the only sane way to live. I appreciate you stopping by and best of luck to you.

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      Dave Sibole 5 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      I enjoyed the hub. However I am 61, as busy as ever and happy as can be. I agree happiness is not in the things money can buy especially if it comes with debt but I am happiest when I'm busiest.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dave, age is just a number...I am living a great and active life and I love every minute of it. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I can't believe I didn't comment on this hub before because it really hit home for me, given my own lifestyle change that I made last summer. It took a lot of courage to quit my job and my life is definitely better for it. I may not have as much money as I used to, but I truly believe I added at least 10 years to my life and have more of an appreciation as to what's important.

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      I love this! I am only 24 so I have a long life a head of me, but already I am thinking about where my money goes every month. I am still going to school but in a year I will be a teacher a job I always dreamed about, but now days more difficult to achieve. You struck the perfect note of hope in my heart because I am doing other things to bring in money that will allow me to enjoy my life better. Thank you for writing this because it was a very powerful message to me!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I applaud your lifestyle choice and I agree, you most likely added years to your life. Hooray for both of us and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mythical, congratulations on becoming a teacher. I followed that dream many years ago and it is a gift that I will always hold dear to my heart. Thank you for your kind words and best of luck to you. Make a difference!

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      This hub gave me even more food for thought as I prepare for a 2,710 mile move to the east coast. It really is all about peace of mind. My daughter and I are both 'ocean gals' and we miss the sea more than either of us realized. When it comes down to it, we don't need a lot to live happily but living within nature's rhythm is critical for both of us. Your hub makes me feel even better about our decision. Wonderful and inspiring - thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silver, hooray for you! What a great adventure for you and your daughter. I wish you well and you are rright, none of us needs much to be happy.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      My friend, I do not know how I missed this hub! I am happy that you posted it. Your life experiences are ones that have helped me personally to value the many trials I have come through. Your determination in life to keep your dreams before you as so inspiring. Glad that you have found a place in life where all things are coming together for you and Bev. Be blessed in your walk today.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Teaches! I think that many of us would not consider our lives that remarkable but when seen through the eyes of another they seem that way. I just keep moving forward and I don't give up. So far that plan of attack has worked. Thank you for your very kind words and have a wonderful weekend.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      I am with teaches; I have no idea how I could have missed this hub (despite me still being new here). You are right: changing our way of thinking, say from negative to positive, only brings positive outcomes. To live long and prosper, as you say, we must adapt ourselves to a way of thinking that will bring positive outcomes not only to us ourselves, but to everyone around us as well :) excellent hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KD, thank you my young friend. I predict great things for you; you are wise beyond your years and it will be a pleasure to watch you grow as a writer.

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      Blueumbrella 5 years ago

      This is truly inspiring. Thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blueumbrella, thank you so much and I greatly appreciate you following me and taking the time to comment.

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      Doctore Evile 5 years ago from the Northeast of the U.S.A

      I was having this conversation with my soulmate just 5 minutes before she found this article & read it to me. This is exactly what our world needs. Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doctore Evile, the timing was, in fact, fortuitous. I'm glad you visited and thank you for the kind words.

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      reagu 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      The steps you made to control your life is the kind of process most of us had to yet undertake so that we can live a happy, fruitful life.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reagu, thank you for your comment. I hope that one day you will have a happy, fruitful life.

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      xzking123 5 years ago

      Interesting hub Billy. It is good reminder that our wants and our needs are two different things, and that change in your life is possible. YOU have the power,it's your choice.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xz, you are most certainly correct. I do have the power and I have made the choice. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

      I'm glad that you have found the good life. Life really is better with less. The Romantic era poets used to take long walks, often for several days at a time, to just watch nature and reflect on the vastness of life. I really think they held on to something that my generation lacks. Sounds like you live a beautiful life. I'm trying to figure out now, in my twenties, how I'll wish I had lived when I come to retire. Sadly, I'm already feeling the early signs of burn out. I must choose the simple way now! Very engaging hub.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ava, I hope you do choose the simple way and soon! It may be frightening and it may be difficult but I believe it is necessary in order to find true happiness. Thank you for your lovely comment.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow Bill - by the time I got down here - I forgot what I had to say! lol

      I love that you downsized and traded money for happiness basically. I am 44 but I decided many years ago that I am not cut out for a nine to five. I also quit working in the rat race and work from home. I LOVE it - I am just never going to be able to sit at one desk for 8 hours. I have tried it and I physically can do it - but the sameness of it kills me mentally.

      Hope all is going well!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, thank you! This was a quickie for me, a rather hasty job of writing that really struck a chord with a good many people. I appreciate you greatly my friend.

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      BlissfulWriter 4 years ago

      Your Hubs are amazing. How did you get so many followers in such a short amount of time? This hub has among the most comments that I have ever seen. I had to scroll forever to get down here to type this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blissful, I have been pretty lucky as far as followers goes. Something in my writings resonates with people....I'm like the old coffee house philosophers of the 60's....I speak of things others think about daily.....I have been very blessed by the number of followers. And I appreciate each and every one of them....and that includes you. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, Billy, this is fabulous! I, not only enjoyed the hub, I read the comments too, and there are so many of us who would love to do this..... I, like Tammy mentioned 6 months ago, lol, also left my profession to be a stay home mom, and that was the best decision my husband and I made.

      Voting up and ++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing, I love that you did that! It is so important to kids, that they have a parent there full time. Bravo to you and your husband for making that decision. Thank you!

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      Gary R. Smith 4 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      Billybuc,

      Your honest, direct and personal approach is enjoyed. I found your Hub when it was brought up as a recommendation after I published an article on 'Authenticity and the Art of Living.' We could probably swap stories. Best to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Emanate; it's a pleasure to meet you and I wish you well on your journey!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Hey Bill, I dug deep into your hubpages archive here to get to see how you got your humble beginnings here on hubpages, and I just love the way you've expressed this aspect of your frugal living, and living simple.

      As I stated on FB, and many other times throughout my own articles here. I am forced to live frugal, and have no choice because I chose to leave the military to help my family out, and in this world of harsh time, and massive uncertainty.

      You have lived a joyous life overall thus far, and according to what I read here, and its been full of both up's and downs, but I sense your experience is one of true inspiration. One thing I notice about you, you have a way to inspire others, and I just would like to let you know thanks for being who you are Bill.

      You have inspired me to further my online dreams using the PIPO technique to things, and in a smarter way of trying to help others much more, and I caught on to such a positive trend you started here on hubpages way back when we first became friends here adding your style of advice to my own life's efforts of embracing truth, and now you see where my art of being real series comes in, it is infused with the truth that you help us all to see, you have made a true impact on all of our lives bro. You are worth a great deal to humanity overall, because you truly care bro!

      Wonderful hub, and video towards the end, and I'm linking your Youtube channel to my channel. Bravo!

      Love your budd Mike

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Just thought I'd add to the fan mail for this hub. Great ideas and great perspective...and great media. Love the pictures, video, and Beatles song as much as the thoughts you share in writing. :0)

      My goal is to earn income around home-schooling my daughter. This is a challenge...but I have ideas about how I can do what I love while I earn an income that will allow me (and my family) to thrive financially. But balancing that with spending the quality time with my daughter that she deserves from me is a challenge. When I act in line with my goals, I come away feeling elated...such as spending time playing with my daughter yesterday evening instead of logging online. :0) There are times I have for that and I do my best to not log on when I have other physical things I know I want to accomplish.

      One of the first ways I am changing the energy around me is making improvements on my home. Hung up more wall decor this fall...and I'm planning some artsy enhancement projects for the upcoming snowy days...which I am sure I'll be writing some hubs about. :0)

      That being said...it's time to log off and do those other things...such as cleaning, putting my garden to sleep for the winter...and raking our community labyrinth. Glad to begin my day with your hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Mike, kind words on a Monday morning and I thank you greatly. It has been an up and down life, but it is all good now, and yes, it has been joyous for sure. I'm just grateful I lived long enough to find the solution to happiness.

      This was my first big hub, and one of my earliest. I really need to clean it up and re-do it a bit; if and when I find the time I'll do it.

      Thank you my friend; you are a wonderful supporter and human being, and I am honored to call you a friend.

      love to you buddy,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mama, I'm glad you stopped by. This was actually one of my earliest hubs, and I look back at it now and see so much I need to improve, but still, I'm proud of this hub for its honesty and insight into who I am.

      It sounds like you understand priorities very well; family always come first, or at least in my way of thinking they do. I want to read more about your homeschooling experience, and I'm sure I will eventually. I'm looking for a little balance myself. :)

      Thank you for the visit and great comment.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi billybuc,

      So glad this was shared and I came across it at this time. It resonates with me more than you'll ever know. I left a job 7 months ago after 22 yrs to explore finding peace and balance in my life. I'm no where near retirement age so it was a leap of faith the expand my private practice and opportunities to write. Your hub has inspired me to keep on truckin' and enjoy the freedom and let go of the fear. I am more available to my family and to myself so yes, I, too can say, I really do love my life."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, that is fantastic, and I am so happy for you. I know it was necessary for me to get back in touch with the basics of life, and to start enjoying life once again. I have no regrets and I love every minute now. Blessings to you my friend and thank you.

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      Abigayle Malchow 4 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

      I live my life with what fits into my morals and values. I have lost my sister before she was even 16, I have been a product of many divorces, had many divorces, had many kids, travled and done things most wouldn't and through all of it learned that my morals, principles, values and peace of mind are more important than a paycheck as well. I was a single mom with three kids and walked out on a job that made it easy to financially rely on only myself to raise my kids, I walked out due to the unethical business practices, the unacceptable way co-workers treated others, the lying to customers...at Aaron's Sales and Lease in Texas. When they were robbed and they were blaming someone innocent without doing correct CCTV review and police reporting procedures I finally walked out. They then blamed me for stealing a washer and dryer that I clearly didn't and I fought back and I didn't let anyone walk over me using deciet and bullying behavior. I stand up for those that others walk on now, I help advocate for free those that need advice or help with Autism in their family and give information for them to get necessary services, I have fought my kids ex-stepmother even with things going on to my ex-husband, I have gone head to head with my other ex's commander over violating so many army regulations...I did it because it was right. It doesn't matter I am poor living with my father struggling to finish my college degree and raising three of my four kids...a teenager with a lot of issues and a kid with Autism...it doesn't matter that my second ex is a deadbeat dad that is stealing VA cash benefits from his son...what matters is I am doing what I have to that is the right things to do...so I can actually stop and see the pretty snow fall and see it as the beauty it is...I no longer am full of anger and I no longer don't appreciate the small things like the small squirrel darting after its own tail and up a tree...or take a moment to pet and nuzzle with our really really old and deaf and arthritic dog...to show her some love...because I feel free in my life. I live one of non hypocritical ways and actions. I love my lie because its what I believe God wanted for us to live in such a way. I am far from perfect, I sin like the next person, but I also care about humanity and that makes me appreciate life...I am only 33 years old and for the last ten years have lived this way and I wouldn't change it for anything. Not for all the money in the world...I would rather live like I am now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, that is one remarkable story of perseverance and determination. There is nothing more for me to add other than to say I'm happy that you have found the secret to happiness. It took me a great deal longer than you to figure it all out, but now that I have I will never stray off of the path again. I will never be rich and I don't care; I am loved and I help others and that makes me happier than I thought possible.

      Thank you for a wonderful comment and God bless you and your children.

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      maria sial 4 years ago from united kingdom

      well its a great hub .... while reading the initial paras i thought i am very much like you because i also don't want be a rich person i just want to live happily along with decent earning. You were talking about 9-5 .... i tell i am working almost 18 hours a day... except weekend but i am happy and i am sure of happy ending like you at the end.... great hub ... God bless you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mariasial, 18 hours per day? Well, you are young, and if you are happy then that is wonderful. Thank you and may God bless you as well.

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      Dr Mark 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      Have you read Steve Solomon? He is another northwesterner, like yourself, author of "Organic Composting" and other books on gardening in the northwest of the US. He wrote something similar to your excellent hub. I paraphrase since I do not remember the words, exactly: "Everytime I think about buying a new piece of machinery for my garden or composting, I ask myself if it is worth giving up my lifestyle and going back to a full-time job". The answer is obvious. He doesnt buy the weed chopper (or whatever) and continues to maintain his pace and his peace of mind.

      It is great that you are passing on this message to so many readers here at HP. I look forward to reading your work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrMark, that is an interesting passage. There is nothing that will get me to give up my lifestyle. I spent far too many years looking for happiness and peace of mind; no way am I giving it up now that I found it. :)

      Thank you my Brazilian friend; much-appreciated.

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      Bill, I can very much relate to what you articulate in this hub. After a couple of decades in the legal field, I am so burned out on the rat race. Congratulations on stepping out of the rat race, finding happiness and peace of mind.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gail! I am blessed, and it is greatly due to the decision to slow things up and appreciate what I have that is truly important.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Simple lifestyle is a must thing for a happy life.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      it is indeed, jainismus! Thank you!

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 3 years ago from Tumkur

      You thought in right way at right time Mr.Billbuc. That's every person should plan his life,whether man or woman.otherwise, there will be no end to our worldly problems. Neither the problems end,nor the peace of mind is secured.

      Simplicity is the best policy. We actually need much less than what we think we should have.The more materials/ associates/ engagements we have, more we suffer.

      Jain philosophy prescribes a principle for its followers. That is-'Parimita parigraha" i.e.much limited acquisition.More you store for yourself, causes scarcity to others, and headaches for the posses er.

      Hindus adopted this type of living as a compulsory thing in their life, in olden days.After middle age, when children grew up and become able to look after their affairs, they were breaking themselves away from economic affairs of the family and live in a small hutoutside the town area. That type of living was called 'Vanaprasthashrama'.They would be spending time in prayers, providing from medical help to villagers, etc.

      Now you are leading almost same type of life.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, yes... there's always another way, what is life if we can't take the time to truly live it? Another inspirational gem, thank your for showing that it is feasible, doable.

      My best as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prasadjain, what an interesting history and cultural lesson. I thank you Sir! I love that there are others out there who have found the wisdom of this lifestyle. Hopefully many more in the industrialized world will see it as well.

      Peace to you my friend, and thank you again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you found one of my oldies....I wrote this about a month into my HP stay....I wouldn't trade my life for anyone's my friend. Life is good.

      Have a wonderful Sunday, and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Love this hub so much that I came back tonight to read it again. Simplicity is my style. Why did it take me so long to learn this beautiful lesson?

      Love you, you remarkable man.

      Sending beautiful thoughts ~ Audrey

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      Geisha M 3 years ago from Pilipinas

      Hi Bill! I am glad you wrote about this. This is my game plan and I'm just in my early 30s. I have found some same-minded individuals among my friends and am we feel so blessed to have realized this early on. Life is short. Might as well make each moment count and cherish what really matters.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, it took me just as long to learn a very simple lesson: all we need for happiness is inside of us. Darn it, why didn't I look there in the first place. LOL

      Thank you as always; sending love your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      gmmurgirl, good for you my new friend. It took me a long time of chasing my tail to realize this very simple fact. Thank you for reading, commenting and following.

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