I am sick of stuff. Specifically the cheap, crappy toys that are sold the world over and have no craftmanship and were made by a machine or maybe even slave labor. I’m also sick of clothing that isn’t well made but looks nice on the hanger, then I take it home, thinking ‘boy, I really got a bargain’ and nope….just wasn’t worth it.
I’m also sick of feeling I need to buy things that I don’t need. This has more to do with marketing ploys than anything else, the next super supplement on the market, a must-have device that causes lines of people to fill up within a few hours…then a few months later, it gets replace by YET ANOTHER must have phone.
It never ends.
It’s not that I don’t love quality items or supporting artisans and small businesses. No. In fact I am passionate about supporting them. Supporting them supports us in the long run, it builds relationships. It helps communities.
But regards to this whole hyperconsumerist culture we all live in, it’s not doing for me, and I would like to bet
it’s not satisfying anyone else much either. It’s old now. It’s boring. And most of us can’t afford to partake in it any longer.
I have had a similar epiphany as Sean Bonner discussed in his TED talks video.
Here I am, going through crap I have purchased at different phases of my life. Loads of things I didn’t need.
I want something simple. That is what we are really craving.
And in fact many other families are having the same desires for more time and a simpler, slower life.
Rushing is for amateurs!
And I have been an amateur for too long. I want out!
That’s part of why we are moving near Loch Ness. We will be homesteading and not completely technonomads,
but we will travel frequently and have less possessions. And we will work from our trusty, semi broken computer!
We want nature, the ability to go fishing and enjoy our time on this earth together.
I can’t wait!