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.