I know I tend to babble on about things most of you don’t think about or care about on my blog….at least that’s what I assume. I’m going to carry on anyway though. We’re in the final month of 2012 and it feels like it’s gone by way too fast, I feel like every year goes by faster than the one before it, I swear time is speeding up and I have read some interesting discussions on that topic, but I’m not here to talk about physics…and the phenomenon of accelarting time could very well just be a part of getting older.
I have taken a bit of time to reflect on what I’ve learned over this past year, and overall the theme of this year for me seemed to be learning to live with less. Ever since the trip I took to Africa, that’s been the central theme of my life. I can easily count on my fingers the number of times I went out partying, I spent far less on material things than I ever have in the past, and gained a new perspective on what my goals should be in life.
I know I’ve already talked about these things a lot on my blog, so I’m going to try to keep this one short and try to not bore you all. I had another epiphany regarding life and how I should move forward to achieve my goals. I’m sure most of you remember the plans I was working on to start up a not for profit to benefit underfunded schools in Tanzania. My project was very slow moving, it seemed as if it was going to move forward and things were coming together, I had a friend commit to helping me through the paper work of getting registered as a not for profit, and then poof….he vanished. Now getting to the epiphany, I’ve been seeing more and more how I’ve spent loads in the past on things that have no real value, designer clothes that would be worth almost nothing now because they’re from a few seasons past, things that I’ve worn maybe twice and have long gone out of fashion. I thought to myself “I could have probably dramatically changed a village using just half of what I spent on all that” I realized that rather than focusing on getting a not for profit set up, and collecting donations I should just save up a little bit (a lot goes a long way in developing countries) and work on making a difference on my own in just one school first, and then use that experience and credibility to build something bigger…..I also realized that I need to move forward not just being conservative in terms of materialism but also having a better balance between what I spend on self and what I invest in projects that benefit people other than myeslf. This is why going forward in the new year I have decided to contribute more regularly to projects that friends of mine are working on, in addition to continuing to live a minimalist type of life.
I do realize most people don’t care, and will continue not to care about these sorts of issues as shown when my friend Aleesha attempted to collect donations for an orphanage her family runs in fiji…she sent out a fb msg to all her friends and pretty nobody responded, but I did of course :p
Despite the fact that most of you will not care, I continue to post because whatever little sparks of inspiration I may ignite are totally worth it.
For some more info on one of the projects a friend of mine is leading in Tanzania check out Cheka school on facebook, my friend Gerallt has done some brilliant work in the time he’s spent abroad and he as some very interesting stories to go with his experiences.
I’m sure a lot of you are wondering why I would chose to be like this, and for those of you still very much caught up in materialism and excess you must think I’m living a petty miserable life lol. That’s not the case at all though, I find I’ve actually been happier because I can appreciate simple things in life a lot more. Things that I’ve cut back on doing in excess like nights out, when I actually do splurge on them I have a lot more appreciation and absorb the experience more rather than having it be one of those repetitive things I do just because. I’m definitely not going to become a cave dwelling monk anytime in the future, but I will continue to advocate living a well balanced life.