Have you wondered why zombie movies and zombie television shows are so popular lately? Every time I finish an episode of a zombie show, I find myself reflecting on what it would be like. Imagine a world where your everyday life is turned upside down and instead of focusing on all the mundane stuff in your typical day you instead must focus on the basic needs of survival. It’s exciting in a way.
We watch people fleeing danger while also trying to find food, shelter, and clean water. There is a certain allure to giving up everything we have to get back to the basics. Imagine… no more going to work at a boring job, no more family drama, no shuttling the kids to and from their plethora of activities… instead the days are filled with meeting your basic needs and nothing more. It almost sounds like a vacation.
The reality would be more difficult than it appears on TV, but even so, we find ourselves dreaming of that simplified version of reality.
What we really desire isn’t a world full of zombies, but a simplified life. (tweet this)
The amazing truth is that you can simplify your life, and it doesn’t take hoards of zombies to do it. You can take steps to get the life you desire. It’s a matter of looking at your life and eliminating the things that make it complicated.
What might some of those changes look like?
- Cut back on work hours
- Hire some help (lawn care, house cleaning, pest control, pool care)
- Reduce the number of after school activities
- Declutter your home to make cleaning easier
- Downsize to a smaller space
- Opt out of excessive consumerism
- End toxic relationships
These are just a few examples, I’m sure there are hundreds more ways you could simplify your life. I use these examples because I know they can work. I know they work because these are things that my family and I have done. Many of our readers have also done some or many of these things.
I sometimes wonder how I even got to the point of yearning for a zombie attack. I think it tends to happen slowly and it creeps up on us over time. Live in a single place for any number of years and the stuff accumulates, the commitments accumulate, and life just morphs into something that you may not have expected.
Look at where you are today and ask yourself if this is what you had planned? Maybe you had some goals when you were younger, and maybe you met them and maybe you didn’t. If you didn’t, I bet life got in the way. If you did, I bet your life got stagnant after reaching those goals. In either case we seem to end up at the same point of wishing zombies would rush in and create some excitement.
I find my yearning for an apocalypse scenario has decreased quite a bit, but it doesn’t happen automatically. It takes focused action to create the simplicity you desire.
Here are the steps to get your life back on track:
1. Forget Normal
The first thing you need to do is to forget about what’s normal and what’s accepted. Normal has gotten you to where you are today and it’s kinda sucky. Your first step is to toss normal out the windows so that you can craft the life you want to live.
What do you want your life to look like? Imagine that you could start over. What would your life look like if you could redesign it today? Jot down all the ideas that pop into your head. Brainstorming is a crucial first step. Write down all the ideas no matter how crazy they seem. You can do this on your own or with your partner.
3. Sort the Ideas
Sort through all the ideas you wrote down in your brainstorming session. Remembering that normal no longer exists, which of these ideas are most important to you? Do you want to take epic vacations, get more social or less social, work in a different field, or travel to the moon? Organize your list into two groups — the really want to do group and the would be nice to do group.
4. Create the Path
This is where you find ways to reach the life you want. If you want to downsize, you may need to sell your house. If you want epic vacations, figure out what changes you would need to make them happen. If you decide you no longer have passion for your current career, think about other opportunities and what it would take to get there.
5. Take Action
This final step is the only way to get your thoughts and dreams to take shape in reality. You have to take action to make things happen. Some of the actions will be challenging. When we sold our house and went back to renting, that was a big challenge for us. It can be scary to take actions to reach your dreams.
Overcome the Fear
Be aware that fear of change is a big part of why you are in the place you are in right now. Fear plays a bigger role that we tend to realize. Are you afraid of selling your home, of breaking off toxic relationships, of scarring your children for life because you decide the whole family would be better off with less stuff?
It’s ok to be afraid, it’s not ok to let fear guide all your decisions in life. (tweet this)
A zombie apocalypse sounds like a good answer because it takes the fear out of the decision. There are a whole new set of fears, but the fear of change is removed out of necessity. You are forced to change. Sometimes life does force changes on us, like during a layoff or divorce, but it’s so much better if you can make the changes on your own terms.
I want to leave you with these final thoughts. You are more capable that you realize. You are capable of achieving new dreams, of simplifying, of making difficult and scary changes. Simplifying is often a crucial step, as it removes the impediments that take up so much of your free time. When you open up this time, you will find a whole world of opportunities begin to appear.