Day: May 7, 2020

Why you don’t need “STUFF” to live a great life. Time to go Tiny?

Material Possessions Cause More Harm Than Good For Most

I have so many friends that have boats, multiple houses, multiple cars, multiple closets for all their clothes or wifes purses and shoes.  It is honestly pretty cool, but what do I care?  I don’t care about their “stuff”, I care about them, I care about how they make me laugh, how they make me feel better by having a conversation with them about my problems or feelings.  Not their stuff.  If you hang out with people because of the stuff they have, you’re a piece of shit.  Plain and simple.

We have become a society of “what kind of car do you have” or “what neighborhood do you live in” like we are searching to hang out with someone as a status symbol.  With all that going on we are also trying to become people with more “stuff” because we think it will make us feel better or look better for other people. We work 60-70 hours a week, answering emails, punching the clock, working harder and ultimately killing ourselves for “stuff”.  Trust me, I have been there, done that….

Why didn’t anyone tell me this earlier!

When I look back I wish someone would have told me sooner that all of that doesn’t matter as much.   Simplicity is so much easier.  Less “stuff” is so much easier.  Focusing on people you love, or passions you have is SO much easier.  “Stuff” weighs you down, it makes you less nimble, it makes you focus on the wrong things in life.  Don’t get me wrong, I like nice things, but if I buy something, I do it because it is going to be useful in my life or has a purpose.

I started a Tiny house construction company back in 2016 because I realized people who got caught up in the society norm of buying big houses they can barely afford, nice cars they barely drive and “stuff they never use wasn’t going to last forever.  The switch to simpler living began about 10 years ago after the Great Recession (I believe) which led so many people to lose everything they had, everything they worked for because of what?  A bigger house?  A bigger boat?  Trying to impress people that don’t give a shit about them?  I think so….

Maybe you have a different opinion but that’s mine.  Now our company builds small homes for people downsizing later in life, young couples who don’t want to get burdened with debt, people that want to live a simpler life and follow their passions instead of the crazy corporate ladder and work solely to pay their mortgage, credit card bills and car payments.  You can bee a hustler and live simple.  You can make a lot of money and live simple.  You can wear your Gucci shoes and live simple.  Living simple and having less stuff doesn’t make you less driven, less ambitious or less of a person.

It makes you nimble, it gives you freedom, it gives you opportunity because you are not stressed about “stuff”.  The simple life is becoming more apparent to me in my late 30’s and I couldn’t be happier.  When will people start focusing on their health, their mental well being and their life instead of work and buying “stuff”?  I don’t know, but there is no better time than now!