A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. It means eliminating all but the essential and spending your time doing what is important to you.
It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.
However, getting to simplicity is not always a simple process. It is a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward. There are really only two steps to simplifying, first identify what is most important to you and second eliminate everything else.
Everything in your life takes up space. But whether it is mental space, physical space, or calendar space, you only have so much room. Everything you own, everything you do, and everyone you spend time with costs you something. And when you have an abundance of stuff, it costs you a lot.
Simplifying your life will give you more time, space, and energy. You owe it to yourself to evaluate what you absolutely must do to keep what you cannot live without. Otherwise, you are just wasting your valuable time and money. If you cannot afford the cost, perhaps you can well afford the loss.
The difference between living and existing is purpose. You exist because you cannot do otherwise; you really start to live when you discover your purpose.
Once you have found your passion in life, this can become your focus. You can do extraordinary things if you put your mind to it. Or you can live an ordinary life and still be fulfilled.
If you feel that you are missing something, if you feel burdened by cares, if you are fixated on acquiring things that you suspect you do not really need, perhaps it is time to look inside yourself and discover what kind of life you really want to lead.
Meditation leads to a clarity of purpose. Take a gander into your soul, and find the key to your lasting happiness.