I was on my way back from Switzerland to Italy on a boat in Lake Maggiore; Looking at the horizon; A questions popped in my head and I asked myself:
What do I own?
I have one pair of asics running trainers, one pair of Jack & Jones casual shoes for dinners and proper night outs; 2 black tshirts, 2 gray, one casual shorts, 2 swim shorts, 2 sports outfits, 5 pairs of socks, 5 underwears, one belt, 2 polo shirts, 3 jeans including one I got as a gift, 1 shirt, 1 blazer, 2 sleeping boxers, 2 swim jammers, 1 sweater, 1 jumper and 1 cotton pants.
I also have one 2008 MacBook Pro, 5 books (physical ones; I still can’t and didn’t try a kindle), one portable keyboard, an old iPod touch which I use for music, one watch (Polar with GPS and HRM), 2 sunglasses (one I got for free from Notting Hill Festival and one for 20 EGP which is about a buck.)
I have one cologne from Hollister that I bought 7 years ago and still more than half way full, along with a body spray of the same brand, date of purchase and amount available.
I have one medium size suit case and a backpack.
And I have money in the bank.
That’s everything I own in the world; I have come to figure out that minimalism has brought me indefinite happiness and complete satisfaction.
I sold my house back home and now living off savings; I try not and touch the interest I get from the bank except to give money out to people in need.
The freedom that I can move to another home in less than half an hour is the most liberating feeling of all.
If god forbid, something happens to my family; I can pack my stuff in literally under 10 minutes and that’s everything I own; and head to the airport and get on the next flight to Cairo.
If I got offered a new job; I can also start the next day, no matter where in the world the job is.
If I decide to leave my current home; I can do so in minutes; nothing can stop me, well except a natural disaster.
For spending money, I use 3 Visa cards from different countries just in case one stops working.
Most of my documents are now stored on the cloud with only the passports and some other cards in one wallet.
To let go of the consumerism attachment; one has to develop a strong will to avoid such predicament.
The act of shopping for materials is hindering the very core of one’s happiness.
Anything you buy no matter it’s monetary value will in a very short time lose its sense of meaning.
When you buy a new car; you are only happy for a short period of time; when you see someone driving a better car; you would want to get a better one and this I call “A derailed state of mind”
Before any action you take whether it’s buying a t-shirt or a house; one must look for and think about the long term satisfaction not the short momentarily ones.
Many men can apply such trait of action but women are more vulnerable to the power of shopping.
That’s why you see more women’s wear than men’s; not just that; in most unisex clothes shops; women’s wear are always at the front of the store or on the first level while men’s is always at the back or the upper level if not the last.
With a developed skill of “controlling your inner ego” you can pass by the champs elysee without spending a dime on materials (food, drinks; especially ice cream and coffee are excluded)
And French desserts.
To train yourself to stop spending money on materials and instead invest it in yourself through travels, learning and experiencing; all you have to do is to do less of the former and more of the latter.
After a few days, you will get accustomed to the new healthy habit of investing in yourself instead of investing in illusions that lead only to short term happiness jolts.
If you would like more tips on how to enjoy your day, get in touch.
Today is a good day.
My name is sherif; I am a dayenjoyer.
Almost forget; I also have one pair of blue flip flops.