Where is all this “stuff” coming from? Have we become hoarders without noticing? Is somebody secretly using our house as a storage place without telling us?
Seriously, 15 years ago we moved across the big ocean and arrived here with 2 young girls, 2 pieces of antique furniture our German family gave us, one guitar, a few boxes of things that we just could not replace such as pictures, a set of 4 plates, 4 cups, 4 knives, 4 spoons, 4 forks which were engraved with our names…a good bye present from good old germany, and of course clothes and our girls’ favorite toys.
And now?!! when did these few things learn how to multiply and mutate into knick-knacks, souvenirs, and so many other needless things?!
15 years ago when we sold everything we owned to move across the ocean for the third time, we were amazed at how little one actually needs to live happily, and we were proud of not being huge over-consumers. We always thought we were able to escape the over-commercialization of holidays and the weird affection of society trying to keep up with the Joneses. We always favored homemade gifts, and practical things over people trying to spend themselves into poverty.
Maybe Nomads have it all figured out! They spend their lives with close family and friends, don’t put much effort into trying to buy overrated gifts. They’d rather celebrate special occasions eating and drinking with loved ones. They don’t have to worry where to store unnecessary burdens, because they simply don’t have room to pack them up to keep going on their journeys. However, they are rich in stories they tell at the campfire, which they share with much laughter and aahw.
Looks like it is time to get rid of some things, and to unclutter our lives!
Really, how much “stuff” can you fit on a bicycle anyway?
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