Sunday, February 12, 2012

What's with the stuff?

When I was in my 20s & early 30s, I was all about stuff.  I wanted the right stuff to wear.  Stuff for my apartment.  Nice stuff to drive.  I saw cool stuff that other people had & wanted to get it.  I had stuff stuffed into my closet.  Stuff in cabinets & on shelves.  I had alot of stuff.  And I wanted more.

There was a period of years where I moved almost once a year.  And every time I moved, I packed up my stuff & took it with me.  For a while, my stuff was in storage - but I still had it.  I liked it.  My stuff made me feel good.

At some point, a shift happened.  I started practicing & teaching yoga more.  I took a good look at all my stuff.  The stuff that I hadn't used or worn in years, but had wanted to keep because it made me feel good.  It was just taking up space.  I didn't need it anymore.  I realized that it might be more useful to someone else.  I started giving my stuff away.

I gave away alot of stuff once I started.  Instead of thinking "well, I might need this one day".  I thought "someone else might need this now".  I had less stuff.  But I had more space.  Yoga helped me realize I didn't need stuff to make me feel good.

Don't get me wrong, I still think I have too much stuff.  But it's no longer all about the stuff.  Sure, I see cool stuff & think "it'd be cool to have that stuff".  But then I realize I really have everything I need.  And then some.

My life is full - full of love & joy, abundance.  Full of friends & family.  And I am full of gratitude.  Once I started to get rid of the stuff,  once I made some room, I could see this.

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1 comment:

  1. Great post! I wish I could lighten up a little, but after all these years, I still love my "stuff".
    George Carlin used to say: "Did you ever notice how other people's stuff is shit, but your shit is stuff?"