Today was one of those days that I felt like I had to explain myself over and over. Why? Because I choose to live a simplistic life. Does that mean I’m washing my clothes in a stream with rocks? No! Do I refuse modern technology? Of course not!
With the holiday season well underway, I requested that family buy me nothing this year. It’s because I truly need absolutely nothing. (And feel blessed to be able to say that!) I also “want” absolutely nothing. In my mind a perfect Christmas is just spending time with family and maybe eating a nice meal together. That’s it. No shopping and freaking out over gifts. No buying things just because you need a gift around $20. That’s stress and also over over consumerism.
So now the real question that I avoid answering because it pulls at my heart a bit. Why do you do this whole minimalist thing? Well folks, here’s the answer: when my 25 year old sister suddenly passed away over 10 years ago we had to clear out her whole townhouse. That was everything that she had worked so hard to acquire. Clothes, furniture, you name it. And guess where it went. Either to the goodwill or dumpster. Turns out all that stuff that you work so hard to acquire is actually worthless. Don’t get me wrong, we kept a some stuff. But, definitely not a majority! That’s when the switch totally came on for me.
So, when someone says that they don’t want anything. Don’t get upset. I love the fact that you would want to spend your hard earned money on me. But, I just would rather spend time together. (Memories are all you really get to keep)
Does anyone else struggle with this? Living with less is way more stressful to the people around me, and reduces my stress 100%.