One step at a time.
When I went to college, I couldn’t take everything with me. I couldn’t take all the clothes I possessed. I couldn’t take every pencil or pen I wanted to bring along. I couldn’t take all the fluffy stuffed animals that accompanied me every night. (That was the hardest part.)
That is also a reason I used to hate packing. We can only fit so much into a carry-on suitcase or a duffel bag. No matter how hard I tried to use my entire body weight to sit on my bags in an attempt to fit in one more t-shirt and hopefully still close the zipper without causing all of the contents to explode from suffocation, I never felt satisfied. I must need this hoodie, too. Oh, it might get really hot, so I should bring these shorts that I never get to wear in our foggy city. And what about this pair of shoes?
Both fortunately and unfortunately, I went to a college that was only a half hour drive away (given there was minimal traffic). That meant I didn’t have to worry too much about taking every single possession in my room. However, it also meant I felt obligated to come home nearly every weekend. Which meant lots of packing and unpacking and repacking… every. single. time.
Each time I left my college dormitory or apartment or my home to go from one place to another, I feared that I had forgotten something utterly important. It was never a truly comforting feeling sitting in the car or train as I traveled to and from. Over the years, I learned that feeling was all constructed in my mind. There was one incident when I had left my flash drive at home and thought I had lost it, but other than that, all those times I had worried for… nothing, really.
I kept thinking I would need everything with me all the time, but in reality, we can live off of the very basics and be happy. In fact, I loved the way I had lived in college because I didn’t have to rummage through a thousand different clothing combinations to decide on my outfit of the day, which usually ended up looking like yoga pants and a hoodie anyway, since we had 700-people lecture halls where people hardly bat an eye on our clothes. I had lived in a small space, but I felt more contented than ever before.
Now that I’m living at home again, I truly miss living so simply just a couple years ago. It’s something I will continually work on because now I know, less is more. Let’s all try to find happiness within simplicity.
Question: What are some things you have done to simplify your life?