Looks like my last post made the round and I have seen some people trying the Facebook diet. Suddenly you are much more aware of the overflow of information. But my topic today is another one.
“Pacing in the same spot for a long time! was what artist Atsuko Tanaka thought when she draw her circles into the sand of the beach on Awaji Island in the 60ies. And I guess we all can transfer this idea into our own lives. I feel like pacing at the same spot for a long time, like in many areas I am just not really moving forward and there are days where I am good with that because I see how everything is nothing but a mere construct we have all built up together but on some other days I miss someone giving me a challenge. Again on other days i feel like I am over challenging myself.
What seems to help is to go through my possessions and get rid of some of them. Gives me the feeling of a partly liberation because it is the attachment to things, people, places, moments and even ideas that keeps us from moving wherever we want to move.
I am going to donate some of my art books to the Japan House in Sao Paulo, so that some others can make sense out of them.
I know, I have written about it before, but it is only in our breaks when we actually find the time to throw away all our once expensive collections. Like, nobody needs CDs anymore. Keep only those that are super rare and underground. Even those you can transform into MP3. The rest you can easily listen to on internet apps such as Spotify. The free access plays commercials from time to time, nothing you wouldn’t know from the simple use of a radio and the pay version is actually affordable. The money you pay on that or any similar app you won’t be spend on CDs or MP3 downloads.
DVDs are another thing. We only use a Netflix account at home. Even if it not always has the lates releases, their database is more than big enough for you to find a movie you are interested in.
Books are also something we just don’t use. Even I who work with translation, only have to take out a professional dictionary in very specific and rare moments. I am sure the dictionaries that occupy my shelves are available online for some money. Last month I threw away five dictionaries simply because I have no use for them. One dictionary I could give to a student. And all those novels you have already read? You don’t need a Kindle any more to be able to read digital books. The kindle app is already on almost every sold device. Plus: Read is read! You probably will never open those book again, especially when you live in a city, have a great career or kids around. (I consider all of these factors extremely stressful, now imagine how many millions have all three of them).
Plants? Are they alive or dead? Dead plants or almost dying if not decorative enough, should find a new home, which is either the garbage or a tiny spot in a park, that nobody cares about, where that little buddy can recover again. I had to look at two dead plants for about a month until I finally found the time these days to get rid of them. The soil I reused in our small garden. Hopefully the other plants are happy about it!
Hard-drives? Check the prices for online storage. A friend of mine is doing that and pretty happy with that. But yet again, you need to invest into a good internet connection to benefit from all that new stuff.
I’ll keep you updated!