We live in an age of fast consumerism and heavy advertising. No sooner have we got the latest iPhone, we are already lusting after the next update. We tire of the clothing that has been in the wardrobe less than a week over concerns of fashion. We always envy the lifestyles of the rich and famous because they have everything we could have ever wanted.
‘I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.’ – Jim Carey
In modern society, we give too much value to objects and possessions but they are not the answer. Money doesn’t buy you happiness but people only realise that once they have everything they ever wanted. There’s a reason why so many celebrities have alcohol addictions, drug abuse and even commit suicide.
On your death bed, will you be upset about the possessions you didn’t have? Of course not. We need to devalue objects and place more value on the actual important things in life, the things that matter whilst we are still alive on this planet.
The most important part of life is good old human interaction. Without it, we feel lonely and sad. With it, we feel happy and content. You only get one life and one chance to really connect with people. You will never regret the time you spend with your loved ones. You will regret not making the effort. Your money will be spent more wisely on experiences with family than on the latest gadget. Your time will be spent more effectively with friends than on your phone. Make the connection and strengthen your relationships before it’s too late.
For some reason, we never view our health as a priority. We don’t have time for that doctors appointment yet we do have time to scroll through Facebook. We don’t have time to cook healthy meals but we do have time to browse the high street. We don’t have time to exercise but we do have time to binge watch reality tv. If you make it a priority, there is always time. If you focus your energy into it, there is room for it in your life. If you’re in good health, you will feel good and if you’re not feeling good, you can’t really be happy.
Whilst Instagram can be wonderful, it can also be very negative. It’s full of unrealistic things from bodies to belongings. Fair enough, Suzy Duck Face might have the newest designer handbag but why do you need it? Remember, the grass isn’t always greener and that handbag is not a cause of happiness. Social media often does a really great job of making us feel shit about ourselves.
You will never regret the things you didn’t buy but you may regret the experiences you didn’t have. By not spending every penny on belongings, you have more money to spend on making memories. When you’re old and grey, you won’t remember which iPhone’s you had but you will remember going sky diving with your other half or having afternoon tea with your mum.
The most important relationship you will ever have is the one that you have with yourself. Invest in yourself, not in your belongings but on you time. Take time to be alone with your own thoughts, have some solo dates, a nice soak in the bath, a walk in the park. You will never be truly happy unless you’re happy with yourself.
Can you tell I watched the Minimalism documentary yesterday? If you’re interested in how minimalism has helped me personally, you can check out this post about living out of a suitcase.
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