Something happened during this recent Christmas season. I became stuff sick. The act of buying things for people who don’t need more things, just so I could fulfill some social obligation suddenly became a little bit of a spiritual crisis. I pulled through. I did what has come to be expected of me, but something in my mind changed.
Since the holidays I’ve been purging things from my home, clothing, furniture, books and bags and shoes and appliances. And it is only just a start. There is so much more that has to go. Not coincidentally, I came across The Minimalists, and their ideas gave me an underpinning for what I want to get to in my own life.
I’m not trying to be come an ascetic or a sadhu, but I would like to get to a place where I am not bringing stuff into my life just for the sake of having more stuff. I want to buy things only very deliberately, and then keep them for a long time. By extension, I want to spend less money and share more with other people. For me, it’s about living a life I believe in and not participating in a materialism that I don’t.
And please, before you start, don’t infer any judgement in what I’m writing here. There is no sanctimony to what I’m trying to do. This is what I think will work better for me, though the process of working through it is difficult.
And of course, no where in my life is this more freighted than with my bikes. I have 5 or 6 currently, and some bins with parts, and some extra wheels and a tire library. I have enough clothing to outfit 2 or 3 of myself adequately. I have 5 helmets.
And it is very hard to let any of it go. But I will. Slowly, but surely, I will.
This week’s Group Ride asks, do you have too much or too little cycling equipment? Is it a problem, either way? And what are the criteria you use for adding more? How often do you sell or give stuff away?