The first thought that came to my mind when I saw the question was, “That bad haircut” and “Every mustache I tried to keep”…
I recently (read as yesterday) chanced on the concept of Minimalism. Minimalism is what my math teacher Mr TMS used to say “Less is more”. It is about retaining the things and practices that add value to your life and removing those that do not. The website though gives quite lofty claims.
“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.”
I am yet to be sold on this concept just yet, however I am quite convinced minimalism is quite required for us as a generation to get back to the basics of living life.
So here is my top five things that I wanted pretty badly and when I got it, I realised I did not want it at all.
1. VR device: I have a Samsung VR device. Brand new condition. Costs about 12000 INR. Only works on Samsung phones. Though I loved the experience and love showing the device off to whoever comes home, I have used it for a total of 20 minutes since I bought it. Any takers?
2. Football: I have always taken pride in calling myself a football player. However being a team sport, I see no sense in owning my own football. When I spent on my own football, I did not really have the heart to take it out and play in the abrasive sand. It is best to just pool in money & buy a team ball!
3. Power bank: I thought I was a traveler and needed one, just in case. I own two power banks and use neither. I dont see why these are a thing.
4. A promotion: Moving away from physical things. I realised a role change, salary change and change in enviroment meant more than a change in designation.
5 The engineering degree: Enough said. Totally useless!
If you are curious about minimalism, check out this TED video by the founder. Though I believe our parents would remark that their lifestyle has always corresponded to minimalism, I believe we have drifted quite a bit due to 21st century technology.
I am keen to see you take a shot at this question, “What is one thing you always thought you wanted, but then, once you got it, you no longer wanted it?”