Man, life has a way of getting ahold of us, doesn’t it? I mean, day in and day out we get up and go through the day, repeating the same set of rituals over and over again. Hit the snooze button, make the coffee, shower and get dressed, run off into the world to make a buck, take a lunch break, do some more work, come home, eat, go to bed, and get up and do it all over again. That’s the gist of the story for millions and millions of us.
If we believe all the griping and complaining we hear from co-workers, friends on social media, and the endless supply of studies showing just how much we hate work, we’re a pretty miserable bunch of people in this so-called civilized society.
So, what the hell are we doing? And why? For what exactly?
Well, we have bills to pay. Right? Sure. But, from the looks of it, most of those bills are for things we want, not things we need. We don’t need the huge houses and all the really nice things we put in them. We don’t need the nice, new cars with the big monthly payments and the high insurance premiums (funny they call them premiums). We don’t need closets full of designer clothes and 20 pairs of shoes. We don’t need 300 channels on the 60″ flat screen TV.
But, here we are, spending most of our budgets on things we don’t need. Here we are working 40+ hours a week for 50 weeks a year to pay for those things we don’t need.
We work hard to pay for stuff we don’t need. Stuff we ultimately throw away. And we work hard to buy a newer version of the thing we just threw away.
We work so hard we must take vacation. A formal vacation. Where we spend a ton of money to leave our homes, all the unnecessary stuff we work so hard to buy, and travel somewhere just to get away from it all.
It’s during the fabulous vacations that we have realizations about how wonderful and big and beautiful the world is. We realize what we’re missing and that life’s just passing us by. We realize how shitty it is to have to go back to work when the fun is over. To buy all that crap we don’t need.
What’s wrong with us? Serious question, folks. What is wrong with us?
If vacation is so wonderful, work is so shitty, and all the stuff we have is so unnecessary, why are we doing this to ourselves?
The herd mentality. We’re just going through the motions, following the herd without giving it a thought.
What are we working for? What are we living for?
We could downsize our houses and buy way less stuff. Do you realize the average American household is spending around 34% of its income on housing? Then another 18% on transportation. Basically over half of our income goes to a house and a car. That’s nuts.
Hey, I’m right there in the mix. I basically never use half of my house, and it’s not even a big house. The half of the house I don’t use is full of furniture and other things. More stuff I don’t use. I’m on a mission to get rid of stuff I don’t need. It’s a struggle, and it’s easy to forget when I’m right there running with the herd. But I’m going to start reminding myself of it every day. Downsizing a house is no small task. It takes time. But I’m in the right frame of mind. Want to join me?
If we greatly reduce our expenses, we can work less, have more freedom, and life itself becomes a vacation.