I like material things as much as anyone. I studied product design in school. I’m into gadgets, clothing and all kinds of things. But my experiences show that after a certain point, material objects have a tendency to crowd out the emotional needs they are meant to support.
I wouldn’t trade a second spent wandering the streets of Bangkok with Olga for anything I’ve owned. Often, material objects take up mental as well as physical space.
As the guy who started TreeHugger.com, I sleep better knowing I’m not using more resources than I need. I have less — and enjoy more.
My space is small. My life is big.
Read the full article by Graham Hill here.
This totally hits home. I know that many people, including myself, don’t have enough cash to actually own stuff on an ‘as-needed’ basis. It’s not easy to discard some things regularly because I always save them for future use. But I do agree 100% that de-cluttering once in a while is very, very important. It opens up more space in your home and in your soul.
That thing he said about relationships, meaningful work, and experiences being the staples of a happy life — that’s so true. And I wish more people would consume that idea, devour it, breathe it and let it live in their system forever. If that happens, nobody will ever have to die with regrets.
I hope we all take home something from the article. It’s a really nice read. :)