I have made a simple decision: to be simple. I am at a point in my life where I could go two very different ways. I graduated almost a year ago with a degree in neuroscience and was fortunate enough to enter a very well-paying career right after I graduated. So, it’s time to decide what my life is going to be.
That is a big decision.
I could spend my time, money, and energy on things or I could spend them on self-improvement and experiences. Everyone’s seen Fight Club. Do you own your materials or do they own you? I argue that it is generally the latter. When you invest in something and you buy it, you have made a financial investment and (as a result of the financial investment in many cases) an emotional investment into that item (read: your car, an expensive TV, and so on). That item - whether it’s a bed, a table, a coffee maker - then takes time and energy to maintain.
The American Dream never was that suburban house with the white-picket fence in the nice neighborhood. It’s you being you. It’s you doing what you want to do. It’s you bringing to full fruition this consciousness that you will experience for such a relatively short amount of time.
So, my first project this weekend will be to purge my stuff. I am going to get rid of all the things that I don’t actually need. And I’m going to be strict about what I do actually need. Maybe I’ll take a picture of all that shit that I hope to take out of my metaphorical backpack and post it here to hold myself accountable.