I have been the worst blogger recently. It's not that I don't have the time or that I don't have the material (I probably have about 10 'draft' posts that I have been procrastinating posting because it seems just too hard to put in the last 2 minutes that it takes to read it over or attach the picture...)
On a similar but completely different note, I am a bit of an insomniac. I go through the day doing things that I have to do (go to class, do homework, go to meetings for work...) and then once I get home I get into some sort of euphoric state of actually being able to do what I want, i.e. cook, read blogs that I follow, doodle, or in the case of tonight (this morning...) purge.
No I am not talking about bulimia, people, but instead a sort of manic state of disgust for the amount of material possessions that I own. I am a bit of a pack rat but that is nothing to compare to the source of the problem: materialism and consumerism. These are topics that are a main part of a deep internal struggle that I dance around with, but ones that I am not particularly up for discussing further in this post. However my lovely friend Darshan speaks of materialism a bit on this specific blog post.
All in all, I just spent the last few hours going through my room doing a preliminary sweep of things to give away, directly relating to my new years resolution to reduce the amount of waste that I produce. For me, one huge step is thinking about why I feel that I NEED this stuff. What do I gain by having x amount of clothing? Why am I drawn to accumulating more, more, more junk? An obvious answer is that is what culture tells me to do, these things are what advertising tells me to buy. But I have a feeling that it is more than just that. That it may be an attempt to substitute aspects of life that people may actually need; a connection to nature, meaningful relationships with other people, a genuine interest in what we do in our day-to-day life...
Well anyways, here's a picture of my preliminary sweep (I will document it further post-sleep)...
I have to say that the (unnecessary) amount of t-shirts that I have accumulated just by taking part in activities is pretty ridiculous. Do I need a t-shirt that says that I went to prom in 2007? Absolutely not. How about over 10 items of clothing that have to do with my high school dance team? Nope. I am not sure if this habit of branding yourself as a part of an activity is a lust for new things or a need to feel inclusions but either way I am strangely put off by it as I sift through this carnage of consumption.
If you have made it this far then I have to apologize for my scattered thoughts and ranting nature.
Please remember that REDUCE is the first (and most important) action in reduce-reuse-recycle. There is no plan(et) B