It is no surprise we live in a material world. In a society swarmed with possessions it is nearly impossible to not want, want, want!
In my last transition I was humbled when I realized that all of my possessions fit into a 10 foot box. I have chosen a path in this life that does not necessarily award me with many possessions but rather experiences. Experiences in life, love and travel. It is not things but memories, places and people that are truly the most rewarding. I had a conversation with a friend the other day and she was financially burdened. I find this most often around the holidays. As she was venting to me she exclaimed with the deepest devotion, “They say money doesn’t buy happiness! But yes, YES it freaking does!” There she sat facing what many people face this time of year, to struggle with bills or buy gifts for their kids. That conversation made me feel two things, thankful and heartbroken. I was thankful that I did not have a family and the expectation to give this grand act of Santa Claus in order to live up to standards. I was heartbroken that she was struggling and frustrated. It is quite ironic that during such a giving, joyful time of year, a time we should be celebrating the birth of Jesus, most of us are stressed, angry and being slaves to a superficial God.
This year I decided to have a much simpler holiday. I thought by choosing to not buy gifts I would feel this rush of enlightenment. When I actually found myself feeling bad. I felt bad for not buying gifts for my nieces and nephews. I felt like I was doing something wrong. And that was when I felt enlightened. I too was under this superficial spell. This idea that materials and happiness go hand in hand. That notion alone was enough for me to want to run as fast and as far as I could. To get out from under this cloud of should be, should haves and should wants. To find myself and live simply with nothing more than what I need to survive.
I know that not everyone can live so free spirited and what some would consider irrationally, but that isn’t the point. The point is that no matter your situation there are others out there feeling exactly the way you feel. They are struggling with exactly what you are struggling with. It is important for all of us to find peace within ourselves and within our lives. But most importantly we need to learn to live simply. It is in those moments that we think clearer, see straighter, love harder and live happier.
With the few possessions I can hold on my back I choose to live simply. Though at times it will be challenging I will cultivate, cherish and revel in the sweetness of having nothing.