I am a messy person. I can confess this without any shame. But don’t get me wrong, I like things to be in order, on the right place and clean. But somehow I always tend to make a mess. I make a mess of my living environment, of my workspace, of my bedroom, my tent, or wherever I am at that moment. Even when I’m traveling and I arrive somewhere, within 15 minutes my stuff is spread all over the place. Stuff… Things.. Items that make our lives easier or more fun. If I’m traveling I always try to travel light. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. I don’t need many things you know and even if I think I’m not carrying a lot it’s still weight that I have to carry. And the funny thing is that there’s always still things in my bag that I don’t use.
At this moment I’m at home with my dad, not traveling. I have all my stuff in a little bedroom and I keep on telling myself that’s all I own and it’s not a lot. Well, I can be honest now to you and to myself, that’s not completely true. If I look around my room there is so much going on. So many colours, so many little bits and pieces and so many clothes. Can you imagine that I already got rid of so many things when I left my house in Rotterdam to move back here before I started traveling? Why do we surround ourselves with so many things? What is the purpose?
So yeah I’m inspired to create more space in my life because I just watched the documentary; ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things’. I know this for a while to be honest and when I think about the time where I was getting rid of so much stuff I remember it felt so good and it was giving me so much satisfaction. Tonight there is a Lunar eclipse and on the 21st of August there will be a Solar Eclipse and I read about the power of letting go this time will bring. Maybe it’s time to use this energy and power to let go of some stuff. Not just stuff in a physical sense, but also mentally. I feel I am manifesting a certain path and a certain life for myself right now where I can fulfil a bigger purpose. I wrote about this in my last post; “The purpose of Life”, so maybe this is part of it.
In the documentary there was a guy traveling with only 55 items in his bag. Wow.. So inspiring.. And there was this Lady who created a challenge where you use 33 items of you closet for 3 months. I know it’s possible and it will give so much more space and time! Not to worry about stuff anymore! I remember every time I come home here from a trip how overwhelmed I feel with all the stuff that I have to manage. It gives stress and worries! The less I carry, the less I have to worry about it. And also the less mess I can make. If I think about my upcoming travels I really set the intention to bring as less as possible.
Do you know the Yogi tea? On every teabag there is a quotation with a nice life-lesson. I collect them, because I love this sweet reminders. Oh fuck, I just realised I’m a collector. Just like my grandma who has a whole loft on top of her house full of stuff and things. All very nice, useful, cool, vintage, stuff. That she never uses. So I have the same. Stuff that I need to get rid of. I just don’t know where to start and the process is also kind of scary. What if I ever need it again? I know that’s bullshit and that everything I need will come to me at the right time. But what I was saying, about the yogi tea bag quotes. I found one that says; Life is Journey, don’t take much luggage. I kept this one on the back of my mobile phone case. Just a sweet reminder of not taking much luggage, of letting go of stuff.
So I know I have to pack my bags in a couple of months for a journey that I’m not sure will lead me. Don’t take much luggage. But I DO NEED my yoga mat. And I DO NEED my Ukulele. I DO NEED my hammock, sleeping bag and mosquito-net. I DO NEED my laptop for writing and making Yoga videos, work on my website and maybe find online jobs that can keep me going. I DO NEED my iPad that has a big collection of books on it. I DO NEED my fire-poi and Rubiks cube, because I want to improve my skills, entertain people and play with fire because its so meditative. I DO NEED some clothes and a couple of yoga leggings. And what about art I want to make on the way? My water colours, drawing book, strings for bracelets and notebook so I can write my thoughts and administrational things in and stuff. A raincoat, a warm jumper, a sarong or two, flip flops, shoes, some long pants, bikini’s, a lycra, a toiletry bag and what do I have to put in it? I always think that I need more than I actually do. Half of what is in I don’t even use. But I do want to stay healthy as well, so what about my supplements and superfoods? What about my enema-kit? (your what?) Different story, different post, different day 😉
And what about all the stuff that I’m not bringing? Isn’t it time to get rid of it? Give it away, maybe I can sell some things, bring it to a charity? Am I ready to get rid of everything I don’t need? Scary thought.. Very scary thought.. But it mainly also just sounds like a lot of work. Although I know it will give me so much satisfaction! When I left my house in Rotterdam I have held an open house where people could come in and ‘shop’ in my house for things they liked. Maybe I will do the same soon. So if you think I have some cool stuff you think will make you happy, just stay tuned and see when the open house is held. I am going to do this. Simplify my Life! Only keep the few things that will help me being happy, like my surfboard, my skateboard, my musical instruments and maybe some books. I’m not sure yet about all the little treasures I collected from my travels. These are nice reminders of the places I’ve been, but these places are in my heart, in my memory and not so much in stuff right? Well maybe I can keep one box of little memory’s right? And my basket of fabrics I will make some nice art projects with. That can stay as well.
So the upcoming weeks I will make time to make space. Space to flow in life, to connect more to myself, to ground more to Earth and connect to everything and everyone around me. Without being distracted by stuff and things I don’t need. How does that sounds? Amazing right?