I’ve been blogging and travelling for 12 years now and I still have managed to accumulate lots of stuff. I really don’t know how I manage it but never the less I am surround by stuff. Some stuff is useful like my clothes and my bike but most of it isn’t. It serves no purpose in my life in fact is causes an obstruction. I get the same adrenaline rush as everyone else when I buy new stuff but after 2 weeks I tend to regret the purchase. I also find that a lot of my stuff stops me moving forward both physically and mentally.
Several years ago I gave up owning a car this was more from necessity than a decision to stop driving. I couldn’t afford one. For many years I had been given a company car with all the costs being covered. Once I became independent I didn’t have the money to run one. I actually found it liberating I had to plan my journeys better to ensure I arrived at my destination on time. I also discovered that a vehicle was a huge waste of money, damaged the environment and clogged up the roads. I discovered I could get to places quicker and cheaper, I no longer sat frustrated in traffic. I walked more and I rode my bike more. I was surprise to find I enjoyed it, taking in the views, hearing things like birds, animals, the wind and other people. If I wanted to listen to music I just put my earphones in and switched on my mp3 player.
Another huge item I don’t have is a house, flat or a mortgage. Again this is because I can’t afford a place of my own but that’s very liberating too. It means I’m mobile I can move anywhere in the world at the drop of a hat. If an opportunity presented itself in any country I could go right now. I recently spent 4 months on Sal Island, Cape Verde it was amazing and I met some fantastic people. I had to return to the UK for a while but that has given me time to declutter my life.
Another thing that’s happened over the past 12 years is I have managed to have no debt, none I don’t owe anyone anything. This is probably the best position I have ever been in. 12 years ago I owed thousands and worked just to pay back debt.
Today is completely different I have a healthy bank account and can choose what I do and where I go. I spend less as I ask myself what value is an item going to give back to me. I also delay purchases for at least a week and if I feel different in a week I have saved some money and avoided the clutter of more stuff.
So I’m back in the UK visiting family and have time to sort out all my stuff. What I am not trying to do is get down to a certain number of items, although I would like to fit everything I own into a 65 ltr backpack. Except my bike of course. I have set out on a journey not one of distance but one of preparing my future. I have setup this website and will start by using it to declutter my life and share my experiences with whoever wants to read. Podcast may come soon.
I have other plans too some are little acorns which may grow into oak trees.
Thanks for reading this post if this has lit a spark somewhere deep inside then get in touch. Let’s take this journey together and support each other.
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