After 2 years of upsizing my life, I’ve gradually been downsizing.
2 years ago, I got my first apartment. It was a pretty spacious 1 bedroom unit.
1 year ago, I “upgraded” to a 2 bedroom apartment. This place was huge and I furnished every corner of it.
7 months ago, I started selling my stuff. Stuff I told myself I’d never have. Stuff that just seemed to be endless.
Furniture, electronics, decor, even clothes.
I was selling stuff, but what was really happening was a shift in my mindset.
I sold my stuff because I needed the money. But what I learned is a valuable lesson about needing and attachment.
The stuff I sold was purchased under the pretense of need.
I need an apartment to be happy.
I need that huge table so my friends have a place to sit.
I need that 60” television to watch my favorite programs.
I associated the outcomes I wanted with the need of stuff. Once my stuff stopped serving their purpose, it all just became a pile of crap I had to carry around.
Once I disassociated stuff with outcomes, I started seeing my life in a different way.
I have more to say on this, which is why I’m breaking it down into a few parts.
I’m about to leave Austin to head back home to New Jersey for Christmas. I’ll be driving, so I’ll have a lot of time to reflect on this topic.
See you then.