I would like to consider myself a minimalistic person, (well compared to the average American). To the rest of the world, my lifestyle is probably seen as luxerious. Of course, living in the consumeristic society, it is hard to only have things that you essentially need. This world has made me think that I need everything on every television ad.
So, I decided to get away. Get away from the ads. Get away from people. Get away from society and technology. Get away from STUFF.
This past weekend I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina in hopes to submerge myself in nature and only live with the necessities. My best friend and I stayed in a tiny house in the middle of the woods bringing with us only a few items. This tiny house was a 12×12 foot box, with a compostable toilet, tiniest shower I have ever seen, a bed made for an infant, and a kitchen that was also attached to the bathroom. This put in me in a shock. Despite all these amenities, I absolutely loved it! It was so cute and little, and surprisingly had a bunch of open space. Surprisingly this tiny house meant for 1, fit both my friend and I plus the items we brought. This really made me realize that I, in all honesty, do not need 90% of the stuff that I own and that I am just feeding into the consumerist and capitalist culture.
This mini vacation sparked a personal change in my life. My lifestyle has made a drastic change. I am buying less stuff and trying to live successfully zero waste. I do not need all this stuff. Most of the clothes I do not even wear, so I am donating it. Coconut oil is the cure and the beauty product for literally everything, so I gave my facial creams, body oils, hair conditioner away. Dr.Bonners 18-in-1 soap can be used to clean everything, so I gave away all my specialty soaps, cleaning detergents, laundry detergents, and other cleaning aids. So far, giving away these things has not deteriorated my life in all, in fact it actually improved my quality of living. Instead of spending my whole day worrying about how I am going to get more stuff, I am now spending my day realizing how beautiful everything truly is. If everyone followed in my new sustainable footsteps, the waste problem will be almost obsolete.
So far there has been no disappointments from this change. I have enjoyed every minute of it. So far there has not been any challenges, but I fear that in the future when the weather changes, I would not have the appropriate clothing since I gave a lot away. This is a change that I will definitely get used to because it is helping the earth. Not only is it helping the earth, but it also improving my awareness and perspective on nature. I challenge everyone to undertake this new way of living with me!