The Simple Life

My job right now, my income, is selling my excess possessions on eBay. These possessions amounted to nothing but unnecessary waste and a frivolous endeavor. When Alex and I got to my parents house and I started going through all my things, I was sentimental towards all these possessions that held memories, clothes that I loved because they were made of the finest materials, silks, and leathers. The kicker is, I didn’t even know these things still existed until I found then back at my parents house. I had completely forgotten about my designer collections that had previously consumed me. I had hundreds of dresses, shirts, belts, shoes. Unnecessary excess. I had 89 pairs of shoes. And they weren’t just crappy flip flops or Target shoes. No, I had FRYE boots, Ralph Lauren heels, Chanel heels, 5 pairs of cowboy boots…  I had a Ralph Lauren dress that retailed for well over $8,000 that I had as a decoration on a mannequin in my room. Now, I bought the dress on sale but what am I going to do with a fancy dress? Hike in it? I had rows of designer purses for every occasion. I was obsessed, I was a collector and my taste was irrationally expensive.

When I began this undertaking, I had the mindset that I would sell the mediocre items and keep the really nice things – the things that I will never have the desire or means to buy again. But after I’ve sold and donated hundreds if not thousands of items already, I want everything gone. I don’t want to own any excess in any part of my life. In selling 99% of everything I own, I’ve learned that unnecessary worldly excess only supports a mindset of excess in other parts of our lives as well. When we step over the line of what we need to what we want, suddenly we’re flooded with the mindset to indulge in whatever we think we deserve! When we own only what we downright need, we won’t be buying Starbucks Lattes because we think we need the extra shot to get through the day or indulging in exotic dinners because we deserve a good meal after a hard day of work. We will be going through each day viewing it as a gift and precious time we will never get back. Simplicity allows us to be self sufficient, to enjoy the fruits of our own labor, to enjoy a meal we ourselves cooked, to hike through the mountains without thinking that the world owes us anything. Simplicity allows us to appreciate every little thing that comes our way without having any expectation of how the world should be. What we own, we carry with us whether it be physically or emotionally.

For Alex and I, the only possessions we own that don’t fit in our car right now is our winter ski/snowboard gear. Every other little thing we own fits in our tiny little Nissan Sentra, including our house.

IT FEELS SO GOOD! There is nothing more gratifying than feeling weightless, as light as a feather! My clothes that I have right now serve a purpose – to dry out quickly when I’m caught in a rainstorm, to wick my sweat when I’m charging up a mountain, to keep me warm sleeping in sub zero temperatures, to keep me clothed when I want to be clothed. Everything that we travel with serves a utility, to better our experience in our travels. In the end, we all know that less clothing just adds more color to our cheeks.

San Rafael
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” – Thoreau

With less, we gain so much more. 


121 thoughts on “The Simple Life

  1. Great to hear your rif on extraneous possessions. You inspire me. I remember years ago I had one wood bowl for all of my meals. Maybe it’s time to get back to more of that simplicity you spoke about
    Blessings
    Moshe

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  2. Since we moved from our first home I downsized considerably and can no longer tolerate clutter. I need space & room to breathe! 🙂 I’ve been thinking about clearing out more of my stuff..after all you can’t take with you when you go right?! Thanks for your insight on this issue!

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  3. Wonderful post, I am currently downsizing and I think to myself, where did all this stuff come from? I know where it came from and I am learning I do not need it. Thanks for sharing this, I appreciate it! 🙂

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  4. Interesting concept but very true. Most of us have “stuff”, lots of stuff that we have collected over the years. When I retired, I got rid of all of my business suits and now spend most of my waking life in shorts and a tee shirt. I have mostly empty closets and a great feeling of not having a lot of useless junk. Now out in the garden I have two workshops that are crammed full of tools that I use quite a bit. But, sad to say, I am a tool collector. One of these days, when I get too useless to use them I’ll move these along …. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Good for you on getting rid of all your suits!! Comfy clothes are much better anyway 🙂 It’s human nature to be a collector of something. Alex and I are collectors of experiences as cliche as that sounds. All the best to you!!

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  5. We perceive the pain of losing something much greater than the pleasure of having it. But treating yourself to a simple way of life is the biggest reward. Way to go! There is a Japanese female author who wrote about only keeping things in your life that bring you joy. It is a great concept.

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