Life is a mess for me right now. Well, it has always been for one reason or the other. The tangled, uncombed hair, disheveled earphone wires, clogged drains, spider’s web, social network and murder stories are easier to explain than my complicated, bottle-necked questions.
Amidst the crisis, a friend of mine came for a rescue which I realized quite later after 3 months since our last interaction. His name is Rishi and he lives in California in a motor house. He was traveling to India, Thailand and Philippines in next few months and was making an itinerary while I was cribbing about everything non-existential.
During our late night Facebook chat, he introduced me to a new concept of minimalistic living and I wasn’t sure if I would ever get there after a picture of holy saint came in my head with its mention. A few simplistic stories on the web and TedX videos, I was baffled by the overall concept of letting go of the materialistic things and seeking true happiness. Thus, DE-CLUTTERING your life.
It didn’t make a sense to me amidst my list of ‘must have’ wardrobe essentials, wish list on online stores, stick notes in magazines and a mental montage I had made of all the stuff that I wanted in my home while window shopping in the streets of Udaipur.
Minimalistic living starts with literally de-cluttering your stuff and either donating, selling or giving away that which does not have a meaning in your closet, house and basically life. Rishi before beginning his 6 months long nomadic life; sold away his office stuff starting from lamp, drawers, folders, stationery items, laptop holder and paraphernalia. He owns nearly as many clothes as fingers in both my hands, a Sony Camera (he’s a photographer), a Mac book, an iPhone, three pairs of shoes & socks, underpants, woolens, sleeping bag, blanket, and other paraphernalia.
I watched a video by TedX peeps covering this concept of minimalistic living and all I could conclude was- it is a constant battle of what you really Need and your Wants. Hmm… If only living was this simple!
I am a 90’s kid and grew up listening to Madonna’s ‘I’m a materialistic girl’ and I took that word a bit too seriously. Being independent and seeing the salary at the start of the month made me splurge unabashedly and un-apologetically on all the things that I thought I ‘needed.’
On Sunday, the level of clutter rose to a level that I shut myself in the room, seeking solitude, maybe trying to find the answers of all the possible questions mushrooming in my head. A low level yet evocative enlightenment came to me after an hour when I was taken back to the conversation that I had with Rishi whom I thought was the biggest weirdo I have in my friend circle and it just made perfect sense to me now, like a puzzle piece finding its fix place.
I had to De-Clutter, not just my head but it had to start with the junk that I had collected all these years that today, no longer serve its purpose. This week is going to be all about that. Taking out things that I don’t need any more- donate, sell or give away to the ones who need it more than I do.
We, as humans have a purpose to serve while our time on this Earth and I think that stands true for all the materialistic things around us as well, isn’t it? This step is going to be about simplistic living, creative thoughts and uncomplicated life. It will be a daunting challenge and I am up for it starting with books, furniture, camera, jewelry and clothes.
If you were to make your life a bit simpler, what will be the first five things that you will give away from the mess?