I was thinking a little more about this project and kicked myself for being so self-absorbed in my privilege. I am doing this as a personal choice to step away from consumerism, but for a majority of the world, this way of life isn’t a choice, it is just reality. People struggle to pay the bills. There are people who struggle to keep a roof over their head and food on their table. There are people in war torn countries who don’t have access to basic necessities and live in constant fear. They don’t have the luxury of “too much.”
So, I don’t necessarily think what I am doing is brave. I just feel like with everything going on in the world, I am done coping with it all by buying things. I want to break the cycle of shopping to relieve stress; because, to truly honor my privilege I feel that I should live as authentically as possible. To practice more empathy, to feel all of the feelings and recognize that those feelings are what truly connect us.
Kindness. Fear. Love. Anxiety. Patience. Stress.
We all feel them. I would just rather feel them about people than transfer it on to buying more stuff. Does that make sense?
Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think shopping in general is wrong or bad. Just the over-consumption and the obsession with it.
Anyways, thank you again. Because even though it feels silly and trivial, the need to buy is a strong addiction and I expect some growing pains.
Daniel HATES snow. (15 months)