Learning to Live A Simple Life
Part 1 of 2: THE QUEST FOR MORE
Part 2 of 2 : THE ART OF LETTING GO
“Instant gratification, high-speed absolutely everything, and bigger, faster, stronger, more consumptive ways of doing everything from generating an Internet connection to creating a vent mocha frappucino with a triple shot, soy creamer, and six different kinds of artificial sweeteners…Because of these need for “more,” we have effectively barred ourselves from nature and the slower pace and greater rewards of a simpler lifestyle.” – Permaculture Design 101
Since childhood we were conditioned to own. And by “own” I mean “OWN…. A LOT!!!!” M.O.R.E. and M.O.R.E. We just want to OWN and COLLECT MORE THINGS, a lot of things.
I remember I had a yellow Camaro matchbox when I was five. At first I love playing with it but then I was not contented with one. I will ask my parents to buy me one more, the red one and then another one- the bigger one. There was no satisfaction. What an insatiable thirst for more. I remember having more than 30 and then I grew up on it.
I brought this when I went to gradeschool. I want to be the best in Math AND… Science AND… Oration AND… Arts & Crafts. I want to be the best player in the games. The fastest runner, the longest jumper, et cetera, et cetera… This was the same shit during high school and college.
And when I started to work, all I wanted to to own the NEWEST mobile phone, at first it was colored phone, then a phone without antenna, then a phone with TV then a phone that doesn’t get wet, then an UNLIMITED internet connection wherever I go. What else, I had my own credit card. I have the POWER TO BUY ANYTHING I want with the power of one swipe. I don’t have to worry about payment NOW because I know money will come when I get my paycheck. Sounds familiar?
It was the same thing when I started to travel. I wanted to explore a new province, then the next, then the next until I was able to visit ALL OF THEM. And so when I thought that I was done, I have Southeast Asian countries on my horizon. The desire just doesn’t wear out. There was this familiar voice that says, you have to blog about this, you have to be the first one to go there and blog about that. You should… you should… you should.
WHAT A RAT RACE I AM IN?!!!!
Don’t forget your history;
Know your destiny:
In the abundance of water,
The fool is thirsty.
Rat race, rat race, rat race!
-Rat Race, Bob Marley
It was an awful situation and when I think about it I hate myself. So what if I was the one who traveled all the Philippines the cheapest way possible? So what if one day I can say I have been to all the countries and territories to see and visit. So what if someday I can say I was the first blogger in Mars or the Sun? The HECK right?
What’s the fuzz with being the first and the most and the best?
And so I look into my self and ask deep and hard questions of what I really want. Do I really want to blog about all the possible destination of the Philippines and the world? Do I really want to offer all these travel guides and make my blog a one-stop shop like SM where I can say “we’ve got it all for you”? Would I be adding more value to myself if I have it all in the blog? NO!
So I ask myself… What do you really want?
What I really want is to live a simple life…
And to live a simple live is not easy (or IS IT)…
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” —John Burroughs
Part 2: The Art of Letting Go