Thankful for all the things I don’t have

Thankful for all the things I don’t have

Two weeks ago I was moving, my fourth move within a year.

Stressful? Not really.  When everything you own fits within two tours with an estate-wagon you  feel kind of free (and yes, I’ve lived on my own for the last three  years, I’m far from straight out of the boy room).

Every quarter I clean  out my wardrobe, items that I haven’t used more then once the last six  months are donated to a charity. Even though I’m far from the biggest  spender on clothing I easily rack up atleast two swedish plastic grocery  bags (google image search ”ica-påse”) every cleanse. That’s a lot of  clothes that hopefully gets used a lot more, by someone who needs it  more… I don’t go out and buy new “stuff” either, unless it’s on my  carefully curated to-buy list in the private section of my Asana.  And it’s not that hard actually when you’ve spent the last 2 years  getting rid of items in your life that just add to the clutter.

The reason I am wired this way is due to a close relative whom is the direct opposite, a Hoarder.

It broke my heart, still does, seeing all the things that were acquired in the pursuit of happyness, but  instead brought her further from it. But I am thankful, even though it  hurts to see someone you care about suffer from something they brought  on themselves without being able to realize the cause, which is  crystal-clear to everyone else.  Without the pain caused by it I would never have ventured down the  opposite direction, and If i hadn’t taken that path I’m certain I  wouldn’t be where I am today.

It’s quite simple, I  wouldn’t have had enough time to put in the required amount of work, nor  the peace of mind to be able to execute it on the required level.

I’m a firm believer that material things are one of the reasons why  people in the developed world are unhappy. We exist in a society that  tells us that our problems can be solved simply by swiping plastic.

I feel free.
I feel like I’m no longer on “that” pursuit of happyness, but instead float alongside the people on that path, enjoying the ride, and being grateful for the things that I do have.
My desires are not related to things that can be bought with money, except for more permanent housing, but instead I want to be able to continue creating, doing good work and seeing my company grow.
I feel free.


axel antas-bergkvist

Senior Marketing Management Consultant, Sailracer, minimalist & investor. Welcome to my space on the internet.

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