We live in a consumerist society, and that is no news to anybody.
But do we really need what we think we do? Will the fifth pair of sneakers make you happier? Will the newest smartphone bring you the joy you are seeking for? It might do. But only for a short period of time. And then what? You will want more. It’s like an addiction you don’t realise you have because it is portrayed as the ordinary.
Look around you – what exactly, out of all the things you own is useful? And how much of it is there without any purpose whatsoever?
I recently watched a movie Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which opened my eyes to the reality of consumerism and made me aware that I am, indeed, a minimalist. It is nothing outrageous. It does not mean that I can put all my belongings in one backpack. It just means that what I do have, I have for a reason.
I choose to collect different experiences and feelings rather than materialistic goods.
Now, don’t get me wrong. As it gets clarified in the movie: “There’s nothing wrong with consumption. The problem is compulsory consumption.” Advertising is showing us what we should buy and what our lives should look like. We think we need those things because we are told we need them. But do we?
Whenever people come over to my place, they ask: “How is your room always so clean?” Well, it’s simply because I don’t have enough stuff to make it messy! If you took a look at my kitchen, you would see that I own one plate, one bowl and use one 20 cm saucepan to cook all my meals. You might think it’s only because I’m a university student, and it might be some what true, but I promise you – I really don’t need more. And I believe you don’t either.
Before putting it in your shopping cart, ask yourself – will this add value to my life? Do I actually need it as much as I think I do? Can I survive without it? And you will be surprised how many things which you have an instinct to buy are realistically unnecessary.
And now think how much money you can save with this mindset. You don’t have to change your life drastically.
Just remember what Millburn says:
“Love people and use things because the opposite never works.”
By Annija Brence