The basic western model for the average westerner is as follows:
– You are born
– You go to a school where you are indoctrinated into a way of thinking about society.
– Those who get good grades usually go to university where the indoctrination continues.
– You get a job, that most people hate, where you work to make somebody else richer.
– You buy things and accumulate stuff in the inane, never-ending belief that it will make you happy.
– You make friends, lose friends, get married, divorced, and have kids who repeat the pattern.
– You reach an age where you have a revelation and usually do something really stupid (and it’s not just men who do this)
– You get over it and think about how you should be investing money, although most people remain 3 pay cheques away from homelessness until they retire.
– You probably suffer a health crisis along the way somewhere.
– You retire and die and they stick you in the oven.
In my opinion, the way life is set up is almost like a test. There are different paths you can choose. Some choose the path of crime and anger. Some go down the “government approved” path of the credit-driven wage slave. But some, some people break out of the rut pre-gouged for them…and those people usually thrive.
Oh they still face challenges. Because they are different. They don’t fit the norm of what society says they should be. Some become millionaires. Some emigrate. Some don’t get married or have kids.
Some simplify their life. Which is what today’s newsletter is about.
If you walk around the average home there are usually hundreds of pounds of “stuff” that people accumulate and never use. So why not get rid of it. You can throw it in the tip, give it to charity, or sell it on eBay/facebook. Much of what you accumulate was done out of an ego-driven desire for some semblance of significance. Other stuff you sure you would have a use for, but its got so much dust on it there is a risk the ghost of Lord Carter is going to come and kick down your door so he can drag it off to the British Museum.
I’ve been doing this recently, selling stuff I don’t need. And once I started I started actively looking for things to get rid of. I’m even selling my house because I don’t need to live here anymore and I’ve got rooms that I never use. they just hold my stuff.
But it’s not just stuff….
It’s life in general. I made my life infinitely simpler when I sold my practice. I made it simpler, even more, when I took a year off and gave up on certain notions.
What is there in your life that you can simplify? What outdated notions can you give up? What stuff have you got stored that you can just get rid of?
“The things you own end up owning you” Tyler Durden
“Actually this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That’s all, a little place for my stuff. That’s all I want, that’s all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody’s got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that’s your stuff, that’ll be his stuff over there. That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is a place to keep your stuff. If you didn’t have so much stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time” – George Carlin