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The Inexplicable Delight of Giving Away Stuff
The last few days I spent rummaging through my cupboards, shelves and boxes, taking stock of all the stuff I own, sorting it and putting a lot of it onto the street in front of my house. Most of it vanished within a few hours, but even the most undesirable objects (in my eyes) were completely gone the day after.
So you might ask, “What’s gotten into him?” – Does being an online teacher make a person so rich he can afford giving all of his stuff away to random people? My answer: Not at all. I do indeed make a good living teaching online, more than I ever dreamed of when I started doing this but what’s happening, is that this occupation is changing the way I look at life and making me shift my priorities, or to be more precise, return to my original motivation.
A few of you might remember my last post here where I spoke about the power of being in contact with people from all over the planet and how it can severely change individual’s minds about different cultures and replace prejudices with mutual respect and curiosity. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so. This is just one of the many positive effects of elearning.
So, back to the topic. Why did I “throw” large parts of my stuff?
It actually is very simple. But I have to go back a bit in order to make it understandable: I grew up moving from place to place, putting my stuff into boxes was an event that occurred every few years. This lifestyle has had a fundamental effect on me early on, so when I finished school the thought of glueing myself to one spot on this vast earth and working in some kind of job and place for decades was simply impossible. So I asked myself:
How to work independently of location?
My first idea was to become a writer, because this way I could be creative and not be limited to one spot, after all what does a writer need but pen & paper? – so that’s what I invested my time in for years and years.
Thus writing led to voice-over, led to music production, all of those streams eventually funneling into online publishing. And all this time I was teaching kids and young adults to support my creative lifestyle.
But it was only through teaching online that I managed to put all the pieces together. By talking to students from all over the world I was reminded of why I had gotten into all of this into the first place: To live a lifestyle of creativity and freedom.
I always used to support my creative life by teaching others, so that eventually I would be able to work independently of location, doing what I really love: writing and creating.
So teaching in itself is nothing new for me. Actually I have become so used to it that if I don’t teach for a few days I really start missing it. But teaching online has become a real breakthrough.
So, yes… I am starting to move again. Relocation in progress. And honestly, it’s real hard to move freely around the planet if you own too much stuff.
And besides that, we all know at the bottom of our hearts that accumulating infinite amounts of stuff will not really make us happy. We don’t need to be buddhists or monks to understand that 😉 Only yesterday I found out that there’s an actual study showing that…
“The satisfaction we get from buying vacations, bikes for exercise and other experiences starts high and keeps growing. The initial high we feel from acquiring a flashy car or megascreen TV, on the other hand, trails off rather quickly”
In the same vein I stumbled over a blog post recently titled “The Freedom of Living with 75 Things” and following the author’s blog I was delighted to see that he’s actually working on a very similar concept and lifestyle. By the way I totally recommend his book “The Art of Being Minimalist” to anyone who feels similar about wanting to live and work independent of location. He has got some really helpful tips there to get you started.
And yes. It’s actually easier to pull this off than you might think. It involves a few key components of course, like all good strategies but for now I just want to leave you with the general idea that if that’s what you want, it’s very much possible.
If you found this article helpful, go ahead and share it with your friends. I’m going to put a few bulk objects on ebay now 😉 See you later…