So I struggle at times with my minimalist lifestyle and minimalist living in general. I love minimalist living as a concept, I really do. And I think I try to live a minimalist lifestyle.
But if someone were to come in and examine my life they would probably grade me a D or even an F for my efforts. I buy things that should not be bought from stores that should not be visited.
I get mad at myself for it for crying out loud.
Here is an example. It is indeed summer here in Nova Scotia. And it can get very hot and humid. I want to try and enjoy the outdoors so I wanted and athletic type of top that wicks away moisture. I could go and spend 50.00$ on a name brand shirt such as Nike or Reebok, or I can go to the evil empire(Wal-Mart) and spend 8$ for pretty much the same thing.
I could not buy any top and sweat my ass off
I could pay the higher price for a name brand
I could pay 8$ for a lesser quality shirt made in a sweat shop in Bangledesh.
I went with option C. I know. Sigh.
Hence the title of this post. What the fuck is our purpose as members of society? Are we supposed to be drones and just work our asses off and then spend what little money we have on useless crap(I know, I know not ALL stuff is useless), or do we not spend any money on anything and just exist(barely)?
As you can see I am struggling a bit with my place in the minimalist lifestyle world.
We are marketed to 24/7 and in one breath are told that we need to spend to stimulate the economy.
On the other hand we are told to reign in household spending so as not to be carrying so much personal debt.
So which is it?
In my heart of hearts I want to try and sell as much of my stuff as possible, have a very minimalist lifestyle, save as much money over the next 10 years or so and then hit the open road.
There must be more to life than working and paying taxes! Am I wrong? Am I alone in this way of thinking?
What are your thoughts on all of this foolishness?
Has anyone out there sold it all, bought an RV and just hit the road? If yes, please help me to get there!